Wildcats vow to turn up heat on Breakers

New Zealand Breakers’ Corey Webster attempts to block Wildcats guard Kevin Lisch’s run to the goal.
New Zealand Breakers’ Corey Webster attempts to block Wildcats guard Kevin Lisch’s run to the goal.

The Wildcats were beaten by the Breakers 67-79 in front of a sold-out crowd at Vector Arena.

Lisch, of Wembley, played an impressive game, with 19 points and five rebounds, but told the Western Suburbs Weekly the New Zealand side kept the boys largely at bay.

‘I thought we let them get some easy things in transition,’ he said.

‘(They had a) very strong half and they beat us in some of the effort areas and then offensively we weren’t very good or disciplined.’

Lisch said the second game this Friday would all depend on how the team came together.

‘I think in order to win we have to get back to playing our style of basketball and being a lot more organised and disciplined in the way we execute and that goes for defensively as well,’ he said.

‘It comes down to how our team executes and I need to be a better part of that and a better leader probably.

‘They’re going to turn up the heat and we need to respond and play like it’s a grand final.’

Coach Rob Beveridge said while key players like Lisch, Matthew Knight and Shawn Redhage lived up to expectations, other team players needed to lift.

‘I just felt that there were some people out there that we would expect a lot more from,’ Beveridge said.

‘Our team is about mateship and it’s about going to another level.

‘We can’t just have three people shooting double figures. That was not the Perth Wildcats.’

The Wildcats will go up against the Breakers this Friday at Perth Arena for game two of the finals series.