At this stage at least, Townsville and Wollongong appear to be the only two teams out of the race for the NBL finals in the 2013/14 season but it was still an entertaining contest at The Swamp on Friday night.
In the end, the Crocs prevailed 80-67 over the Hawks with the home team ending an eight-match losing streak while handing the Hawks their fourth successive defeat.
The Crocs remain on the bottom of the ladder despite the win with a 5-13 record on the season but they are now just one game behind the 6-13 Hawks.
Both teams are well behind the two teams vying for a spot in the top-four New Zealand (8-11) and Cairns (9-11) though.
Despite Wollongong dominating the scoring inside the paint with 32 points to 18, Townsville managed to control the glass (33 rebounds to 27), dished out more assists (16 to 10) and took advantage of the Hawks' 12 turnovers scoring 15 points off them.
Experienced point guard Steve Markovic led the way for the Crocodiles finishing the night with 20 points and eight assists while shooting a terrific 7-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point territory.
Import swingman Josh Pace also finished with 14 points and five rebounds while import big man Brian Conklin added 12 points and four boards, and Olympian Peter Crawford 12 points and three rebounds.
Young guard Mitch Norton also contributed 10 points for the Crocs despite hitting just one shot from the floor. He hit 7-of-8 from the foul line.
Wollongong's import swingman Kevin Tiggs top-scored for the Hawks with 17 points with Tim Coenraad adding 15 points, Rotnei Clarke 12 and captain Oscar Forman 10.
Round 16 of the NBL will continue on Saturday night with the Adelaide 36ers hosting the Cairns Taipans before on Sunday afternoon, the Melbourne Tigers take on the Perth Wildcats at Hisense Arena.