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Saturday March 18, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
Perth Wildcats small forward Casey Prather has been crowned the Gordon Ellis Medallist as the club’s Most Valuable Player for the 2016/17 season.
Prather was presented with the award in front of 1,200 people the Grand Ballroom, Crown Towers.
Bryce Cotton came runner-up to the award, while Jameel McKay, Damian Martin and Matt Knight rounded out the top five (Martin and Knight tied for fourth). Read more
Sunday March 5, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
Bryce Cotton arrived to revive the Perth Wildcats season and not only did he do that, he delivered another championship with 45 points in the 95-86 National Basketball League Grand Final Game Three win over the Illawarra Hawks on Sunday.
|Congratulations Perth Wildcats, 2016/17 NBL Champions.
Photo courtesy of NBL Media
The Wildcats returned to Perth Arena trying to sweep the best-of-five series over the Hawks with 13,611 fans cheering them on, and appeared set to cruise to that task after scoring the opening 12 points.
But the Hawks made the Grand Final on guts and determination, and fought valiantly to be within two late in the third term.
Cotton was the difference, though and nailed a miracle three to open the fourth quarter on the way to the nine-point win. Read more
Wednesday March 1, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
The Perth Wildcats are one game away from a second straight title after Wednesday night’s come-from-behind win over Illawarra in game two of the best of five grand final series.
After beating the Hawks 89-77 in game one in Perth, the Wildcats overturned a 45-40 half-time deficit to prevail by the identical 89-77 score line in Game 2.
Bryce Cotton led Perth with 20 points and Casey Prather added 18, while Angus Brandt (15 points) filled a huge void after Matt Knight had to be assisted off the court early in the third term, suffering apparent concussion symptoms. Read more
Sunday February 26, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
The three-pronged attack of Casey Prather, Bryce Cotton and Matt Knight lifted the Perth Wildcats to the 89-77 win over the Illawarra Hawks at Perth Arena on Sunday to open the National Basketball League Grand Final Series.
After some rust showed early, it was Knight giving the ‘Cats some respite with 10 first quarter points following a strong start from a Hawks side missing import Marvelle Harris, and centre AJ Ogilvy fighting through an injured ankle.
Knight had the touch from 15-20 feet from the get-go and continued hitting his mid-range jumpers throughout the evening to finish with 18 points. Read more
Monday February 20, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
The career of the great Mark Worthington is over and the Cairns Taipans have to wait another year for that elusive championship after the Perth Wildcats advanced to the NBL Grand Final with a 74-66 win at Perth Arena on Monday.
Perth claimed Game 2 of the NBL semi-final series by eight points after winning the opener in Cairns 91-69 on Friday.
The Taipans came out a vastly different outfit in enemy territory and put in a strong showing defensively, but offensive execution cruelled them as they posted their third-lowest score of the season. Read more
Friday February 17, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
He may not have been with the group for long, but Bryce Cotton showed he has Wildcat genes with a 34-point masterclass as Perth ambushed the Snakes to take Game 1 of their semi-final series 91-69 on Friday.
After going a scintillating 5/5 from downtown in his only other visit to the Cairns Convention Centre, Cotton had his deadly jumpshot on full display again to rain on Cairns’ parade and declare their championship prospects are as good as any.
The Snakes, winners of six of their past seven games coming into the night, were simply shell-shocked by American stars Cotton – who scored the most points by a Wildcat in a finals game since 2008 – and Casey Prather (22 points), who was near unstoppable in the pick-and-roll. Read more
Sunday February 12, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
Perth Wildcats had the wrong side of history staring them in the face against Melbourne United on Sunday before a supreme fourth-quarter performance made sure of their 31st consecutive NBL Finals appearance.
It was finals or burst for the Wildcats in the final game of the regular season and Casper Ware’s four points early in the final term had the scores tied and Perth looking in trouble.
But the visitors lifted as Casey Prather – who may have played his best ever NBL game – scored a road career-high 26 points and dished a career-high 11 assists, making several contested shots down the stretch. Read more
Friday February 10, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
The Perth Wildcats have ended the Sydney Kings’ National Basketball League Finals hopes proving too strong at Perth Arena, keeping their own playoff dream alive with a 101-74 win on Friday night.
The Wildcats still need to wait to see what happens in Saturday night’s two fixtures and beat Melbourne United at Hisense Arena on Sunday for a 31st successive Finals appearance.
But for the Kings, a season that promised so much under coach Andrew Gaze and stars including Kevin Lisch, Brad Newley and Josh Powell is over. Read more
Sunday February 5, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
The Orangemen have lived to fight another day, after gutsing out a stirring 85-77 win over the Perth Wildcats in a ‘last chance saloon’ Sunday afternoon at the Cairns Convention Centre.
Seasons were on the line after 18 gruelling rounds of close competition, and one question remained: who wanted it more?
The contenders were numerous in a tense game from start to finish, but three Snakes in particular stood out: the main man in the middle Nathan Jawai, who put forward a man-of-the-match effort of 22 points and nine rebounds (seven offensive); import Tony Mitchell, who posted 20; and first-year player Mitch McCarron, who ripped down 10 rebounds and helped change the game through a high-energy period in the third quarter. Read more
Friday February 3, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
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. Read more