Sydney forward Hill nailed a shot with just four seconds remaining in Townsville to lead the Kings to an 88-86 victory over Crocs while it was far from close at the Perth Arena, with the Wildcats remaining unbeaten after six games smashing a disappointing Hawks team 87-47.
The Kings were coming off lost their last two games to the unbeaten Wildcats in disappointing fashions having fadeouts in the last quarter, and Friday in Townsville threatened to follow that same storyline.
After leading 44-39 at half-time, Sydney took control of the contest in the third quarter leading by as much as 13 points during that period, but the Crocs slowly worked their way back into the contest during the final period.
By the time Townsville guard Mitch Norton hit a three with five minutes to go in the final quarter, the Crocs were suddenly in front and had all the momentum, and soon led by as much as six points with just two minutes to go.
However, Sydney weren’t done with yet and perhaps spurred on by the fadeouts over the last two weeks against the Wildcats, and back to back threes from Charles Carmouche soon saw the Kings tie scores up.
Two free-throws for Hill with 16 seconds remaining put Sydney back in front, but at the other end Norton nailed two of his own from the charity stripe to level things up with 11 seconds left.
Hill then nailed his shot down the Kings' end and Josh Pace's desperation three missed for Townsville, and Sydney held on for the impressive and important two-point victory.
The win now improves Sydney to a 2-2 record on the season while Townsville slips to 1-3.
Import guard Carmouche was on fire for the Kings finishing with 33 points to go with five rebounds, three assists and two steals while shooting 10-of-20 from the field, 5-of-10 from three-point territory and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Centre AJ Ogilvy also added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Kings with Hill scoring 15 and Ben Madgen 11.
Big man Brian Conklin top-scored for the Crocs with 19 points with Pace adding 18 to go with seven rebounds and five assists. Todd Blanchfield also scored 14 points and Norton 12 for the Crocodiles.
Meanwhile in Perth, Jermaine Beal picked up some of the spotlight off James Ennis after a first quarter three-point barrage as the Wildcats thumped the Hawks 87-47.
Beal hit all five of his threes for the game in a blistering opening quarter as he went on his way to scoring 21 points as the Wildcats remained unbeaten after six games this NBL season with the 40-point win over the Hawks.
The win is Perth's biggest at the Perth Arena since the venue opened last season and it equals the 40-point victory over the eventual champion New Zealand Breakers in the 2010/11 season.
It all started from the opening minutes for the Wildcats when captain and point guard Damian Martin hit two three-pointers.
Beal then got in on the act to hit five of his own for the rest of the opening period, which continued even after the buzzer when a Jesse Wagstaff put-back was counted and he was given the and-one.
The Wildcats led by 19 points at quarter-time and it only continued to grow as the night went on and things continued to go from bad to worse for the Hawks.
By half-time the margin was out to 20 even though Oscar Forman hit three triples of his own in the second period for Wollongong.
Ennis had not scored in the first half for Perth, but he came out determined after half-time hitting two threes on his way to eight third quarter points. He added another nine points in the fourth period, the Wildcats' first nine, as he finished with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Martin also had a shooting night out for Perth hitting all four of his three-point attempts on his way to 16 points. Shawn Redhage added 13 points and Jesse Wagstaff 12.
Wollongong was coming off its first win of the season last weekend over Townsville with imports Rotnei Clarke and Kevin Tiggs impressive, but both struggled against Perth.
Clarke had just seven points and four turnovers and Tiggs had a night he will want to forget with three turnovers, two missed dunks and a missed alley-oop and shooting just 2-of-6 from the field.
Forman top-scored for Wollongong with 12 points as their only double-figure scorer on the night.
NBL Round 4 continues on Saturday with the Cairns Taipans hosting the Melbourne Tigers while on Sunday afternoon, the Adelaide 36ers take on the Sydney Kings and the Wollongong Hawks host the struggling New Zealand Breakers.