White charge “disappointing”

ILLAWARRA will decide on Thursday whether they’ll challenge a one-game suspension leveled at key guard Kevin White that’s soured their five-point win over competition leaders Adelaide on Saturday.
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The NBL match review panel hit White with the “unduly rough play” charge on Tuesday fora second-quarter collision with Adelaide big-man Eric Jacobsen.

The charge carries a base penalty of a one-game suspension though White could still play against Cairns in Wollongong on Friday if he enters an early guilty plea and cops a $1000 fine.

Currently in second spot, the Hawks remain well in the hunt for a top-two finish and a home finals series and can ill-afford to be without theirhard-nosed back-court leader for the crucial clash with the Taipans.

The incident with Jacobsen came in full view of the three match officials none of whom called a foul. That fact could prove the basis of the Hawks case should they elect to fight the charge. The club has until to 5pm Thursday to notify the NBL.

Coach Rob Beveridge was weighing up his options on Wednesday but said he certainly won’t be asking White to curb his physical style of play.

“I’ll be talking to the league about the review process,” Beveridge said.

“Everyone who knows Whitey knows heputs his heart and soul into his club andhis teammates.

“I’ve never, ever, coached anyone to go out there and hurt anyone or hit anyone, or anything like that butI want my guysto play hard and I’m extremely proud of the way Whitey does that.

“He does it out of being an incredible teammate who puts it all on the line for his team,so for this happen days after the factis very disappointing.”

Brisbane veteran Daniel Kickert sparked a war of words with Adelaide when he referred to the Sixers as “Thirty-Snitchers” on twitter after beingcharged with headbutting in round seven.

Coach Joey Wright bit back with a tweet of his own with he andKickert both fined $500 for the exchange.

Kickert’s charge came after Adelaide brought the headbutting incident to the attention of the NBL but the 36rs played no such role in White being charged.

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