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Henry stars as Kings beat Hawks

Last updated 00:36 10/11/2012

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A season-best performance from import Corin Henry gave the Sydney Kings a 65-51 victory over the NBL-leading Wollongong Hawks on Friday night.

The diminutive guard they call 'Mighty Mouse' pulled off a  mighty big performance to inspire a possibly season-defining home  win.

His 19 points did the damage but his defensive work was equally  as vital, regularly drawing offensive fouls and putting his body on  the line.

The Hawks, however, had a different night and their shooting  game deserted them for long periods.

With Kings centre Ian Crosswhite (12 points, 9 rebounds) also  having his best game since returning to the club, the Kings had  lynchpins at both ends of the court.

And despite the best efforts of Rhys Martin (15 points, 9  rebounds) the Hawks were not able to handle the reinvigorated  outfit.

The ball-rotation offence that earned the Hawks so much praise  this season wasn't given a chance to inflict damage, such was the  relentless pressure and intensity from the Kings.

After a sluggish start, Sydney upped their aggression and began  to unsettle the Hawks.

Henry drove tirelessly at the Hawks guards as his combination  with Kings captain Ben Madgen (12 points, 6 rebounds) kept the  Kings on top.

At the other end the Kings were able to restrict the Hawks to  just 10 points in the second quarter to take a slender three-point  lead into halftime.

The third quarter became a low-scoring war of attrition until  Henry, again, exploded into life with a three-pointer that became  the catalyst for the Kings to stretch their advantage to 10 points.

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