Another nail-biter game for the Wildcats! Unfortunately not the result we were after this time…
The Perth Wildcats put on a courageous effort against the Breakers at Perth Arena on Sunday night, falling by 1 point in overtime. The Cats trailed for the majority of the game and fought hard in the second half to take the game to OT. They were up by 3 points with 21 seconds remaining and the #RedArmy were going wild (I was literally going nuts!) to try and help get the Cats over the finish line!
The Breakers managed to score a quick two points, meaning the Cats had possession with a 1 point lead. An unfortunate wayward pass from Cats import Jaron Johnson resulted in a turnover, which allowed NZ’s Corey Webster to sink another 2 points. It was a Wildcats ball with 1.4 seconds on the clock, they had one chance to execute a game winning play. Jaron Johnson was passed the ball and put the shot up from outside the arc, which was unfortunately off target and didn’t fall for the Cats. The final score was 86 – 87 and the Wildcats now move to 5 wins and 3 losses for the season.
Matty Knight starred for the Wildcats finishing with 24 points and 13 rebounds. He was so strong under the basket (as always) and really fought hard to try and get his team over line. I think the absence of Damian Martin and Jarrod Kenny (both injured) was felt around the court but the Cats did well to stay in the contest right until the end. Some offensive errors in crucial stages of the game are what ultimately cost the Cats the win.
Wildcats import Casey Prather was fouled out in the second half of the fourth quarter, not before recording his first career double-double with 20 points and 10 boards. Jesse Wagstaff was important for the Cats second half fight-back, contributing 9 points and seven rebounds.
Check out the Wildcats v Breakers game highlights:
Despite the loss, the fans still have something to smile about! An amazing crowd of 11, 658 took part in the Mannequin Challenge at half time, a new internet craze where a group of people hold a pose to replicate mannequins, while someone videos it. Have a look at the outcome below:
The Perth Wildcats return to ‘The Jungle’ (Perth Arena) on Thursday November 17 to take on the Sydney Kings, tip-off at 6:30pm (WST).
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