Bryce Cotton Sinks Sydney in Overtime
The Perth Wildcats have pulled off one of the great comebacks, defeating the Sydney Kings 95-86 in overtime at RAC Arena.
Perth started the game poorly, giving the Kings a 14-point first quarter lead, before Jesse Wagstaff and Clint Steindl helped to steady the scoreline.
After a quiet first three quarters, the charge was led by Superstar Bryce Cotton who scored all of his 27 points in 16 minutes.
14 of them came in overtime, making it the second-best individual scoring performance in overtime in NBL history.
“Trev and my teammates did a good job of telling me to stick with it, stay aggressive and whenever I do get double-teamed or they hard show to just make plays like they usually do,” said Cotton.
“Fortunately, we all had spurts where we got it going, Gus (Brandt) definitely had a hell of a game as well.”
Angus Brandt put up a career high 19 points to go with 9 rebounds against Andrew Bogut
Trevor Glesson was happy with the way Brandt played.
“He was holding the ship up wasn’t he? We were struggling to score from the perimeter and Gus really gave us a focal point,”
“He’s playing against one of the best defensive players not only in Australia but the world and taking it right to him.
“It’s pretty lethal that left or right hand hook.”
Wildcats Captain Damain Martin finished with 15 points 7 rebounds 4 assists and 3 steals. He hit a big time 3 pointer to send it to overtime
The Wildcats clamped down defensively but still struggled to bridge the gap until early in the fourth.
The Kings once again up a 5-point advantage, before the Wildcats came back to send the game to Overtime.
It was from that point that Cotton took over, with two 3-point players, 2 triples, and two more from the foul line.
The Wildcats will now take on a determined Adelaide 36ers outfit who will be keen to upset the inform wildcats to book a play-off berth. Wildcats have now won five-straight and go into the final round of the season on top of the standings.
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