Knight injured as ‘Cats smash Bullets
Bryce Cotton put on a show as the Perth Wildcats took another step towards the NBL Finals, beating the Brisbane Bullets 94-63 at Perth Arena on Friday night.
Cotton had been an instant hit in his seven games since arriving in Perth, but his three-point shot had been hit-and-miss. That changed as he nailed all five of his attempts in the first half on Friday on his way to 25 points on 8/11 shooting from the field.
Nothing is guaranteed for the Wildcats as they hunt a 31st successive playoff appearance, especially with power forward Matt Knight leaving the court in the third quarter with what appeared to be concussion symptoms after coming in contact with Tom Jervis off the ball.
The 31-point win takes them to third position with a 13-12 record, with road games in Cairns and Melbourne, and a home clash with Sydney to come.
The Bullets came to Perth to try and play the role of spoiler, having been eliminated from the finals race. It wasn’t to be and Brisbane look destined for the wooden spoon on return to the NBL.
Greg Hire had quite the cameo for the ‘Cats too with 20 points on the back of 5/6 from three-point range.
Matt Knight started strongly with 11 points before leaving the court early in the second half. Jesse Wagstaff added nine points and the retiring Shawn Redhage six.
Mitch Young had a strong night inside for Brisbane with 16 points with point guard Shaun Bruce adding 12.
They were the only two to reach double-figures, with Daniel Kickert finishing with nine points and Jervis eight.
The Bullets came out full of energy, sparked with two early baskets to Young, but Knight found some ominous form for the Wildcats with his team’s opening seven points.
Perth Wildcats 94 (Cotton 25, Hire 20, Knight 11)
Brisbane Bullets 63 (Young 16, Bruce 12, Kickert 9)
News Source: NBL Media