Perth fans turn out to celebrate NBL champion Wildcats at Forrest Place

The Wildcats celebrate with the championship trophy after winning game three and the NBL Grand Final series. The Wildcats begins their 2017-18 NBL season with a home game against Brisbane on October 7. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images
The Wildcats celebrate with the championship trophy after winning game three and the NBL Grand Final series. The Wildcats begins their 2017-18 NBL season with a home game against Brisbane on October 7. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

PERTH gave the Wildcats a reception in the style of ancient Rome yesterday after the city’s basketball team won the 2017 NBL championship.

The Wildcats defeated the Illawarra Hawks 95-86 in game 3 of the best-of-five finals series, securing the championship without dropping a game.

The Wilcats were welcomed in Forrest Place to celebrate at midday yesterday.

Fans had the opportunity to meet Wildcats players and coaches as they show off their latest trophy.

City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi presented a shield to the triumphant team.

The Wildcats have won eight championships in total, but have been particularly prolific in recent years, winning the 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2017 deciders.

This season is the first time the Wildcats have won back-to-back championships since 1990-91.