Perth Wildcats lessons learnt in NBL overtime loss at home to Melbourne United

While there was plenty of talk regarding the implications of the game and the standings at the conclusion of the regular season, I was more disappointed in our focus and intent on the court.

Reviewing the game there were some elements that could definitely be changed; we allowed Stephen Holt off the reins and he showed us why he’s such a quality player.

It’s particularly tough to guard a shooter when his confidence is up, so we need to do a better job of limiting the open looks available to players like Holt, preventing them the chance to get their eye in.

Our ball movement and lack of composure was evident at times.

In recent weeks, our flow on the offensive end has been beautiful but unfortunately, we took a backwards step.

Lastly, I think we gave too many second chances to a team that can really punish you.

It’s difficult to play quality defence for 24 seconds only to give the opposition an offensive rebound then try and stop them for another 14 seconds.

In the end, while these factors were disappointing, they are points we can definitely fix.

The one thing about this squad is that when we have faced times of adversity we have quickly responded.

We have a number of individuals with plenty of experience and our new inclusions have bought into what this club is about.

This Friday’s game against Sydney at Perth Arena is a fantastic opportunity to get back on track and continue our surge towards the playoffs.

Every game serves a purpose in our progression, and I can’t wait to see how the team responds.