Eight players was enough for the Perth Wildcats to secure an eight-point pre-season win over the NZ Breakers.
The reigning NBL Champions entered their second NBL Blitz game in Traralgon without the service of Matt Knight (thumb), Bryce Cotton (corked thigh), Angus Brandt (Achilles) , Damian Martin and Jesse Wagstaff (both load management), as well as Derek Cook Jr and Jean-Pierre Tokoto (pending clearance).
This left them with seven players, including development players Mason Bragg and Rhys Vague.
The line-up was bolstered by Dandenong Rangers SEABL player Tim Lang, who answered Trevor Gleeson’s SOS call easier that day.
Perth started the game with Jarrod Kenny, Dexter Kernich-Drew, Greg Hire, Rhys Cague and Lucas Walker – and they started well.
Vague was hitting the scoreboard and Clint Steindl (12 points) entered the game and hit multiple threes to give the Wildcats a handy early advantage.
The Breakers returned fire in the second, and it was the third quarter where the Wildcats would win the game – outscoring the New Zealanders 26-11.
Lucas Walker was outstanding all night. In 28 minutes he finished with an incredible stat line of 28 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and a steal.
Vague finished with 14 while Jarrod Kenny added 12.
The Perth Wildcats hope to receive some of their regular line-up back when they face Melbourne United in Melbourne on Sunday.