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Adelaide deny Hawks in NBL comeback win

The Adelaide 36ers have erased a fourth-quarter deficit to snatch a 102-96 NBL win over the Illawarra Hawks.

Adelaide deny Hawks in NBL comeback win

The Adelaide 36ers have erased a fourth-quarter deficit to snatch a 102-96 NBL win over the Illawarra Hawks.

Australian Boomers star Nathan Sobey poured in 23 points to lead the Adelaide 36ers to a 102-96 comeback victory over the Illawarra Hawks.

Adelaide's 10th win of the season lifted them into equal fourth spot with nine games remaining in the regular season.


American guard Ramone Moore (22 points, seven assists) was superb off the bench for the Sixers, calmly nailing clutch free-throws in crunch time.

Fellow import Demitrius Conger (19 points, five assists, four steals) made his presence felt against his former side.

"They got 22 points from lay-ups in the first half and we wanted to slow that down," Adelaide coach Joey Wright said.

"In the second half we got control of the tempo and definitely down the stretch we controlled the tempo.

"Obviously our zone (defence) slowed them up a lot in the second half."

The Hawks led at every change and were up by nine in the fourth quarter before the Sixers stole their thunder and left them fighting an uphill battle to stay in finals reckoning.

Illawarra (8-11) face a must-win game against Sydney on Sunday, while the Sixers host the Townsville Bullets on Saturday night.

Brian Conklin led the Hawks with 22 points, Todd Blanchfield had 19 and Tim Coenraad added 12.

"We're trying to find ways to get on the same page and we were the better team for the majority of the game, and in the fourth quarter we just weren't good enough defensively," Hawks coach Rob Beveridge said.

"We had breakdowns in our defensive transition and they got some easy lay-ups and put it out of reach."

The Hawks enjoyed a perfect start, making their first five shots and building an early lead.

Adelaide cut the margin to two before the home team surged to a 32-22 quarter-time lead.

Conklin had nine points, while Blanchfield and Coenraad combined for 15.

Illawarra continued to keep the Sixers at bay throughout the second period but Conger and Daniel Johnson found their offensive rhythm for Adelaide and the lead was trimmed to 53-51 at half-time.

Both teams shot well in the first half - the Hawks connecting on 61 per cent and Adelaide 59 per cent.

The Sixers grabbed their first lead early in the third period but the Hawks swiftly hit back and were ahead 78-72 heading into the final quarter.

Adelaide didn't get impatient and over-powered the home team down the stretch.

"The game on Saturday is as important as this one and every game we play for the rest of the season is important," Wright said.

"Hopefully our guys step up like they did tonight."

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