The Perth Wildcats have fallen to the Adelaide 36ers 91-99 in their opening game of the pre-season.
The game was played in front of a sell-out crowd at the Eaton Recreation Centre, 90 minutes south of Perth.
With Bryce Cotton and Derek Cooke Jr on the sidelines, the Wildcats were without any import players in the contest against last season’s minor premiers.
Angus Brandt continued his terrific pre-season and was arguably the most impressive Wildcat,with a game-high 22 points, five rebounds a two blocks.
His fellow big man in veteran Matty Knight also looked in good form, particularly in the first half, with 16 points and five rebounds.
Greg Hire lit it up from long range, draining four threes from five attempts for his 17 points, while Lucas Walker lapped up his long awaited return to the court for Perth – scoring 15 to go with a team-high eight rebounds.
Jarrod Kenny amasses eight assists, while Clint Steindl hit three triples as he pulled on a Wildcats jersey for the first time.
Adelaide’s hot shooting and their victory in the rebound count played a significant part in the result.
Wildcat Lucas Walker said it was good to get the first game out of the way.
“There’s a lot of stuff you need to tweak, and for us to work on, we didn’t have our full squad out there but guys played hard in patches oft he game,” said Walker.
“We’ll go back and figure out how to change some things for Sunday.”
The second game of the two-game series is on Sunday in Margaret River.