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Perth Wildcats smash Townsville Crocodiles at Perth Arena
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 01:02:31 AM

The Perth Wildcats are back on the NBL’s winners list with an emphatic 102-87 win over the Townsville Crocodiles in front of a huge home crowd.

The Wildcats never looked like losing after blowing the Crocs off the court with an impressive 39-point second term which gave them a commanding lead in which the visitors would never overcome.

James Ennis top-scored for the Wildcats with 29 points to go with seven rebounds and four steals, while Jermaine Beal came off the bench to get 20 of his own, including four three-pointers.

Drake U’u was an unlikely star with 13 points including a perfect four from beyond the arc.

Peter Crawford top-scored for the Crocs with 16 points.

The game began as a hotly contested encounter, as Trevor Gleeson started Jesse Wagstaff and Greg Hire on the floor for the first time this season and they immediately made an impact as Hire scored the opening five points of the game.

After an even first quarter the home team dismantled Townsville with a dominant second term, in particular from beyond the arc where Drake U’u led the way with three triples on the way to a 10-point quarter.

With a 20-point lead under their belt at the main break, the Wildcats remained in control in the third as Jesse Wagstaff joined the three-point party on the way to a 16-point outing.

With the game all but sewn up in the final quarter, the Wildcats threw their development players into the mix but it was James Ennis who brought the Red Army to their feet as he sent the crowd into hysterics with a double clutch jam on the fast break.

The Wildcats eventually finishing 15-point winners.

Trevor Gleeson was pleased with the result.

“After two losses we wanted to get a different line up and a different look in the starting five,” said Gleeson.

“I thought the guys really stepped up, especially the guys off the bench who were able to weather the storm.”

“Having Drake (U’u) on really gave us that extra boost and it was hard for the Crocodiles to guard five guys playing like that.”

The Wildcats and Crocodiles now jump on the same plane as they travel to Townsville for a grudge match on Sunday.

Tip-off at The Townsville Entertainment Centre is at 12pm AWST on Sunday.

Perth Wildcats smash Townsville Crocodiles at Perth Arena

The Perth Wildcats are back on the NBL’s winners list with an emphatic 102-87 win over the Townsville Crocodiles in front of a huge home crowd.

The Wildcats never looked like losing after blowing the Crocs off the court with an impressive 39-point second term which gave them a commanding lead in which the visitors would never overcome.

James Ennis top-scored for the Wildcats with 29 points to go with seven rebounds and four steals, while Jermaine Beal came off the bench to get 20 of his own, including four three-pointers.

Drake U’u was an unlikely star with 13 points including a perfect four from beyond the arc.

Peter Crawford top-scored for the Crocs with 16 points.

The game began as a hotly contested encounter, as Trevor Gleeson started Jesse Wagstaff and Greg Hire on the floor for the first time this season and they immediately made an impact as Hire scored the opening five points of the game.

After an even first quarter the home team dismantled Townsville with a dominant second term, in particular from beyond the arc where Drake U’u led the way with three triples on the way to a 10-point quarter.

With a 20-point lead under their belt at the main break, the Wildcats remained in control in the third as Jesse Wagstaff joined the three-point party on the way to a 16-point outing.

With the game all but sewn up in the final quarter, the Wildcats threw their development players into the mix but it was James Ennis who brought the Red Army to their feet as he sent the crowd into hysterics with a double clutch jam on the fast break.

The Wildcats eventually finishing 15-point winners.

Trevor Gleeson was pleased with the result.

“After two losses we wanted to get a different line up and a different look in the starting five,” said Gleeson.

“I thought the guys really stepped up, especially the guys off the bench who were able to weather the storm.”

“Having Drake (U’u) on really gave us that extra boost and it was hard for the Crocodiles to guard five guys playing like that.”

The Wildcats and Crocodiles now jump on the same plane as they travel to Townsville for a grudge match on Sunday.

Tip-off at The Townsville Entertainment Centre is at 12pm AWST on Sunday.

Perth Wildcats 102 (James Ennis 29, Jermaine Beal 20, Jesse Wagstaff 16)
Townsville Crocodiles 87 (Peter Crawford 16, Brian Conkin 15)
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