Dave Gruber still needed by Southland Sharks

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 24/04/2014
Dave Gruber
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RESCUE PACKAGE: United States import Dave Gruber will stay with the Southland Sharks as Brian Conklin continues to struggle with a hamstring problem.

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Sharks big man Brian Conklin is continuing to struggle with a hamstring injury and won't play in Saturday's home game against the Hawks.

Conklin picked up the injury playing for the Townsville Crocs in the Australian NBL and limped out of the Sharks' opening round loss to the Otago Nuggets three weeks ago.

Sharks coach Paul Henare said Conklin would undergo more tests this week but was definitely out for the important clash against a Hawks team which sits second in the league with four wins from five starts.

"He's still a work in progress. Hopefully, we'll reassess and get a better time frame after this weekend," Henare said.

"I had a good chat to him last night and he can do a lot of things on the basketball court but he just can't fully stride out. Putting any extra stress on the muscle seems to be pulling it up. It's kind of stalled at the moment and we are trying to get over that final hurdle of getting him to 100 percent."

In the meantime, Wollongong Hawks forward Dave Gruber continues to offer good value on and off the court as a temporary replacement.

"I said right from the start he's not going to do the same things that Brian does but, in terms of his work ethic, what he brings defensively and on the boards, he's been fantastic. I'm more than happy with what he's been doing for us in the team and he's really helping us out by extending his stay week by week."

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- The Southland Times

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