The Perth Wildcats debut at the new Perth Arena ended up being a disappointment for the huge home crowd in attendance as the Adelaide 36ers pulled off a 69-65 upset win.
Western Australian product Daniel Jackson tormented the Perth audience, pacing the 36ers with a huge 21-point, 15-rebound effort, but it was guard Jason Cadee who scored five points in the final 70 seconds to secure the Adelaide victory.
Much to the dismay of the 11,021 in attendance, Cadee buried a late three to put the 36ers in front and dropped Perth to its third loss in as many games.
Despite the result, the debut of the Perth Arena was a great one; the Cats' first home game at the stadium was a sell out and drew the biggest ever attendance for a basketball game in the state's history.
MVP Kevin Lisch’s scoring woes continued as he managed just 12 points, but as a whole the Wildcats weren’t good enough in front of a very loud crowd and shot just 31 per cent in the opening quarter.
In the other Friday night game, the New Zealand Breakers notched a seventh consecutive win as they smashed the Townsville Crocodiles 93-63 at home in Auckland.
It was a blistering offensive performance from the defending champs; they shot 48 per cent from the floor and 12-25 from down town.
Alex Pledger’s career high 18 points seven rebounds were a highlight for New Zealand while Tom Abercrombie (16 points) and CJ Bruton (15) were also impressive. The loss was Townsville’s ninth of the season. They are yet to win a game this season.
Sunday will see Jonny Flynn and the Melbourne Tigers host the Sydney Kings after last week’s demolition of the 36ers. Flynn will be playing his second game as a Tiger and it will interesting to see what type of impact he’ll have after the former NBA lottery pick had a fantastic debut last weekend.
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