Flinn frustrated by Illawarra's NBL defeat

Steve Barrett
Illawarra coach Matt Flinn believes his side were better than Adelaide despite losing 102-96

Illawarra coach Matt Flinn has called for more consistency from referees after claiming the Hawks were the superior team in Monday's 102-96 NBL defeat to Adelaide 36ers.

The Hawks were out-rebounded 45-29, outscored 43-35 after half-time and more than a third of their points (35) came from captain Todd Blanchfield.

But Flinn maintains the final scoreboard didn't represent his side's true worth.

"Disappointed that we didn't get the result because I thought we deserved it," he said.

"I thought we were the better team.

"I thought our guys followed the gameplan well and we match up well with them (36ers) but we weren't able to get the result unfortunately.

"I'm just a little disappointed because I thought we were the better team for the most part."

Flinn was irked by the fact Illawarra were called for almost twice as many fouls as the Sixers (24-13) and visited the free-throw line half as often (15-30).

"Again, we couldn't get to the foul line," he said.

"That's three games in a row now where we haven't been able to.

"All any player wants is consistency, on the offensive end and the defensive end.

"Sometimes I feel like it's a little sporadic."

Centre AJ Ogilvy (shoulder) was a late withdrawal for the Adelaide clash, as was veteran David Andersen (knee).

Teenage wizard LaMelo Bell (foot) is still a fortnight away but Flinn expects Ogilvy to return against Perth on Friday.

"We thought he was going to play otherwise he wouldn't have travelled," Flinn said.

"We gave him right up to game-time.

"We're really hopeful he'll come good in the next few days.

"Not sure on Dave ... we'll assess him when we get home."