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Predominantly Filipino fans mobbed their international players in a frenzy not seen before in basketball circles in Hawke's Bay.
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Hawks Invitation players Kareem Johnson (left) and BJ Anthony pile pressure on the Philippines national team for an 86-82 victory in the curtainraiser
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Tab Baldwin, Hawks coach, calls the shots courtside with Andrew Mulligan, Prime presenter, after the Hawks failed to make the cut in the playoffs.
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Brian Conklin (left), the Southland Sharks import, leaves Casey Frank (Wellington Saints) no chance in the Southerners' victory in the first semifinal
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Josh Bloxham, Giants guard, watches Phill Jones, his veteran teammate, defy gravity as Otago player Riki Buckrell defends.
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Sally Ridge and daughter Jamie Ridge, who is dating Nelson Giants player Josh Bloxham if social media is anything to go by, watched Nelson beat the Ot