The Perth Wildcats travelled to Sydney and smashed the Kings 95-61 on Sunday afternoon behind some red hot outside shooting.
The Wildcats 34-point win stemmed from a 15 from 25 night from three-point land while Sydney could only muster up a meagre 27% from the field in a performance coach Shane Heal described as the club’s worst of the season.
Words such as "unacceptable" were used by Heal to describe his team’s effort and the coach promised a hellacious training session to follow-up the loss.
"I was so disappointed that we couldn't go out there and have a crack," Heal said.
"We didn't live up to what we told our fans and we've told each other what we're going to do. It's not good enough."
Perth’s physical play made life unbearable for the home side as they forced the Kings to double their season turnover average of 11. Corin Henry’s quickness was a non-factor- the diminutive guard couldn’t shoot anything accurate off the dribble due to the Cats’ length while his outside shooting was just as weak.
At the other end big men Jesse Wagstaff (15 points) and Shawn Redhage stretched the floor with triple after triple and MVP Kevin Lisch dropped a mostly efficient 22 points. NBA prospect Michael Dunigan’s size and athleticism were a nightmare to contain for the Sydney defence while guys like Everard Bartlett and Damien Martin played their roles perfectly.
Dunigan was playing his final game for the Wildcats after replacing injured All-Star centre Matthew Knight. He has recently played in Israel and with the Memphis Grizzlies during the NBA preseason; believe that a number of clubs around the NBL will be reaching out hard to secure the American’s signature for the remainder of the season.
Friday saw the Adelaide 36ers host the New Zealand Breakers to kick off round 12, but the visiting Breakers took a come-from-victory as they gear up for another championship repeat.
US duo Will Hudson (23 points, 11 rebounds) and Cedric Jackson (17 points, 7 assists) combine to overcome a 21-point halftime deficit.
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