Wildcats defeat Breakers in Overtime win At Spark Arena
On Friday the Perth Wildcats have defeated the New Zealand Breakers 98-93 in overtime at Auckland Spark Arena. Perth has now won six games straight, and their second overtime game in a row. It was the first time in Wildcats history to play two games back-to-back in overtime. The game was close throughout, but the Wildcats outscored the Breakers, 14-9 in overtime to claim their tenth win of the season.
Bryce Cotton led all scorers with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists in almost 40 minutes. Mitch Norton stepped up again with the absence of Damian Martin, he scored 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and got to the free throw line 17 times, hitting 14 of his foul shots. In his 100th NBL game Nick Kay finished with 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Kay was efficient from the field, shooting 70 percent in 37 minutes. The Wildcats forced the Breakers into fouling a massive 35 times, which resulted in five of their players fouling out of the game.
Terrico White came back into the line-up after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury. White was quiet early, but started to hit his strides in the second and third quarter, finishing with 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. New Zealand’s bigs were led the way with Tai Wesley 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Shawn Long 17 points, 6 rebounds taking charge. Jarrad Weeks proved to be a spark off the bench, chipping in 12 points.
Perth and New Zealand are the two most successful clubs of the last ten years, with eight of the last nine championships belonging to them. Head to head, the match up history between the two now sits at 33 wins to the Cats and 31 to the Breakers.
The Wildcats will face the Breakers again in less than 48 hours and travel over 5000km together as they meet again this Sunday at Perth’s RAC Arena.
Sports Intern 98Five Sonshine FM