Featured News / September 7th, 2017

Perth Wildcats NBL Blitz Preview

The Perth Wildcats resume pre-season games this weekend when they head to the NBL Blitz in Victoria.

The competition will see the Wildcats play three more warm-up clashes, as preparations continue for the 2017/18 regular season.

On Friday, the Wildcats will face the Adelaide 36ers for the third time in a week.

With the sides splitting the results of their two games in WA’s South West last weekend, the game looms as a mini tie-breaker for pre-season bragging rights.

Tip-off on Friday is at 3.30pm WA time in Traralgon, Victoria.

The very next night on Saturday, the Wildcats take on old rivals the NZ Breakers at 5.30pm WA time, also in Traralgon, and on Sunday the team drive to Melbourne to face Melbourne United at the State Basketball Centre.

Wildcats centre Angus Brandt won’t play in the games as he receives treatment for Achilles soreness, but Bryce Cotton is expected to play his first games in red since scoring 45 in Game Three of the NBL Grand Final.

Fellow Americans Derek Cook Junior and Jean-Pierre Tokoto will play if cleared to do so.

Coach Trevor Gleeson said the newest Wildcats defensive ability fits right in with the team’s style of play.

“Jean-Pierre can defend the one through to the four, he’s athletic and strong. We’ll put him in situations that highlight his strengths and that’s the exciting part,” he said.

“Our bread and butter for a number of years has been our defence.”

With Brandt out of the side, Gleeson said his team will take a different look into the three-game series.

“We’re a little bit hollow in the middle – particularly if Cooke doesn’t play, but it gives us a chance to experiment and see how we go playing some small-ball. We’re looking forward to that challenge.”

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