NBL Perth Wildcats vs Cairns Taipans

Monday, December 10, 2018 1:26 pm
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                                                        NBL Perth Wildcats vs Cairns Taipans

The Ladder Leading Perth Wildcats have defeated the Cairns Taipans 10th straight defeat in the final game of round eight 94-72 in a wire-to-wire victory at RAC Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Perth had a hot start, outscoring Cairns 31-17 in the first quarter, with 18 points coming from the bench and nine points from Nick Kay.

Kay finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

Trevor Gleeson said Kay is finding his spots in the game, and he’s producing at a high level.
“He’s been Mr. consistent and reliable, he’s been fantastic out there,” he said.

The Wildcats pressure didn’t let off after the first, keeping a demanding lead through the second quarter, taking a 14-point margin into the half time break.

Gleeson said they made their mark early and kept it rolling throughout the game.

“I thought we put a really good stamp on the game at the start of the game, we came out with a real good focus and energy,”

Bryce Cotton returned from a two-game absence, and didn’t miss a beat, scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

Cotton said the injury didn’t worry him, and he feels confident after getting back on the court.

“Once I got the adrenalin going I was able to get my mind of it,”
“It was a very fast paced game, and once the crowd kicked in I was good to go.”

Cairns guard Melo Trimble, who averages just over 23 points a game, was kept to only 8 points with some stellar defence from Mitch Norton and Damian Martin.

Gleeson said it was a focus for the team to keep Trimble quiet.

“It took him out of the game, and that was a big part of our game plan,”
“To have that combo of Mitch and Damo on the guards is fantastic.”

After a poor shooting game against Sydney, Terrico White filled the stat sheet, scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, an efficient 53% from the field in 25 minutes.

The Wildcats faces a tough double header as they will now face the Sydney Kings in Perth on Friday night 14 December, before travelling to Melbourne.

 

Daniel Ebert

Sports Intern 98Five Sonshine FM

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