Wollongong Hawks’ swingman, Kevin Tiggs, has been ruled out of Friday nights Heritage clash against the New Zealand Breakers after undergoing emergency knee surgery last night.
In a blow to the Hawks who are gunning for their fourth win on the fly, Tiggs’ immediate future is now in the hands of team medical staff.
The Hawks’ team Doctor has confirmed that Tiggs underwent surgery last night to remove a portion of torn meniscus in his right knee. He will now commence rehabilitation and hoped to make a return by the end of the season.
Tiggs has been one of the Hawks’ highest scorers in recent weeks, including leading the Hawks with 24 points in his 24 minutes, last time the two teams faced off across the ditch in January.
With his unorthodox style of play continuing to baffle opposition and with a must-win game on their hands this Friday night, Head Coach Gordie McLeod concedes this is a big loss, but one they must overcome.
“Kevin is a real asset to this team and we would much rather have him on court than off, particularly with his recent form and as we hit the crunch time of the season.
“As a group, we have been working hard and despite the loss, our preparations have been good and we are now just preparing for Friday night,” McLeod said.
This Friday night the Hawks will celebrate the League’s annual Heritage round by wearing the traditional blue and gold strip from the club’s debut season in 1979.