Good to see Larry Davidson sporting his mohawk in the preseason.
The Wollongong Hawks have given their loyal fans something to cheer about as they kicked off their preseason games with a win over USA college St Mary's College, 78-59.
It was a balanced attack for the Hawks as Matt Campbell continued his recent good form in China, leading all scorers with 17.
Larry Davidson, Glen Saville and Cameron Traghardt were the other Hawks to reach double figures in scoring with 14, 13 and 11 respectively.
Rhys Martin showed new coach Gordie McLeod that he can carry over his good ABA form with a game high nine assists, while he logged 34 of a possible 40 minutes.
Import Dave Gruber was solid with eight points and four rebounds off the bench.
For the Gaels, Aussie Ben Allen recorded the only double double of the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Could this be the start of a great season for the former Indiana Hoosier?
Another Aussie in Gaels colours is Clint Steindl. It was a long night for the Mackay junior as Saville went straight to the post and went to work on the developing slight frame of Steindl.
St Mary's fans to not be alarmed as you still have three Aussie coming to help the program. New Boomer Matt Dellavedova, Jorden Page and Mitch Young will all help the cause in the WCC for the Gaels this year.
As for the Hawks, it was a great way for the club to re-launch their team. The Snakepit came alive as there was only standly room left when the game tipped off.
The Hawks still have to add an import to their roster.
- Former South Dragon championship winning reserve point guard Rhys Carter is heading to Sweden. Carter will line up for Gothia Basket as an import.
- Melbourne Tigers to start favourites in the Preseason tournament in the Northern Territory?
- Cairns Taipans to play primary school in preseason game?
- Australian Boomers end tour on sour note. They lost to Brazil 95-67.