The Perth Wildcats’ capped off a successful weekend by winning an overtime battle against the Adelaide 36ers away on Sunday to go 2-0 in round 10 of NBL action and move into the league’s top spot.
MVP Kevin Lisch, no stranger to late game heroics, delivered a clutch basket with 27 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into a fifth period before delivering the final blows in overtime. 16 of Lisch's 18 points came after three quarter time.
Michael Dunigan, who played for the Cats for the first time this weekend after a stint with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies earlier this year, made a memorable debut weekend by providing a number of athletic highlights and registering a double double of 18 points and 16 rebounds after scoring 19 on Friday night.
Shawn Redhage also provided 20 points for a Wildcats team that led just once in regulation against the 36ers in the 91-85 win.
Less than 48 hours earlier the Cats withstood a late game push by the Wollongong Hawks to secure an 80-68 win in front of another sellout crowd at Perth Arena.
Dunigan’s 8-11 shooting, dunking and shot blocking were impressive in his debut, but the Cats also received strong games from Lisch (14 points), Redhage (9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists) and Damian Martin (4 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks, 2 steals).
The NBL’s reigning champs, the New Zealand Breakers, weren’t much chop against the Sydney Kings on Saturday, falling to a brilliant King’s performance 75-62.
Colin Henry’s 14 final quarter points (29 for the night) helped the Kings pull away from what was an even contest at halftime.
Saturday night also saw two of the league’s best players, Gary Ervin and Johnny Flynn, go head to head for the win with the former picking the pocket of the latter on the night’s final play to help Townsville win an epic 85-84 result.
Ervin (26) and Luke Nevill (26) combined for a big night for the Crocodiles while Chris Goulding (25 points, 8 rebounds) and Flynn (18 points, 8 assists) were big for Melbourne.
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