Illawarra close to being ‘really good’ in NBL

Illawarra were competitive but couldn’t match it with defending premiers Perth Wildcats in a 99-91 defeat on Sunday afternoon. 

BIG IMPACT: Hawks import Demitrius Conger played a starring role for Illawarra in his first game back from suspension. Picture: ROBERT PEET

BIG IMPACT: Hawks import Demitrius Conger played a starring role for Illawarra in his first game back from suspension. Picture: ROBERT PEET

It was the club’s seventh consecutive defeat to the West Australian giant and second loss in as many weeks. The eight-point loss sees Illawarra slide to second last on the competition ladder, with a 5-8 record for the season.

Only arch rivals Sydney Kings (3-11) sit below them on the table, but Beveridge isn’t panicking about his side’s predicament. 

He believes they are poised to make a move up the competition. 

“We are so close to being really good,” Beveridge said. 

“It is simple as this. We have to go out next week and we have got to win.

“We have to learn how to win again and that’s what Perth do very well.” Beveridge’s view of the Hawks’ current situation was shared by star import Demitrius Conger, who scored a season high 30 points in their loss to the Cats at WIN Entertainment Centre.

“I feel like we are almost there,” Conger said.

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