Featured News / February 10th, 2017

Wildcats smash Kings, keep Finals hopes alive

The Perth Wildcats have enjoyed their second consecutive blowout home victory, running away from the Sydney Kings 101-74.

After spotting the visitors an 0-7 start, the Wildcats defence kicked into gear, forcing turnovers and allowing Casey Prather and Bryce Cotton to find space on the offensive end.

Prather (29 points, six assists, four rebounds) and Cotton (21 points, four rebounds, three assists) connected on several highlight plays that were surely what Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleeson had in mind when he paired up the two Americans.

“They started clicking, feeding off of each-others’ energy,” said Gleeson after the win.

“The synergy between them tonight was ­fantastic.”

After a 14-point halftime lead shrunk to six points midway through the third term, the Wildcats called a crucial timeout and closed the game on a 43-24 run, which included an eight-minute stretch holding the Kings to just two points.

“We were aggressive, sharing the ball and playing some good defence.”

“That’s some signature Wildcats basketball.”

The win moves the Perth Wildcats to 14-13 on the season but, in a frantic season with an extremely cloudy finals picture, one more win is required before a playoff berth is secure.

The team now hits the road for a potential do-or-die game against Melbourne United on Sunday.

“You’ve got to have momentum going into the finals.”

“It’s one game. You win the game, you’re in the playoffs.”

“We’re starting to play some great Wildcats basketball, and we want to play more games.”

Perth Wildcats 101 – (Casey Prather 29, Bryce Cotton 21, Shawn Redhage 11)

Sydney Kings 74 – (Brad Newley 19, Jason Cadee 15, Greg Whittington 13)