Basketball: Perth Wildcats forward Matt Knight faces rough play charge

Matt Knight of the Wildcats and Mark Worthington of the Taipans exchange words during game two of the semi finals between the Perth Wildcats and Cairns Taipans at Perth Arena last night. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images
Matt Knight of the Wildcats and Mark Worthington of the Taipans exchange words during game two of the semi finals between the Perth Wildcats and Cairns Taipans at Perth Arena last night. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

PERTH Wildcats forward Matt Knight has been charged by the NBL’s Game Review Panel for unduly rough play on Cairns Taipans guard Travis Trice.

The incident occurred following a Trice layup with 33 seconds remaining in last night’s semi-final win in game two at Perth Arena.

An unduly rough play charge carries a base penalty of a two-game suspension, however the Game Review Panel has deemed the penalty excessive and the case has been referred directly to an Independent Tribunal.

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While disappointed with the charge, the Wildcats have said they are heartened the panel has recognised the base penalty is too severe.

In statement issued this afternoon, the club said it looked forward to the Independent Tribunal hearing, which will take place tomorrow at 4pm WST.

“Knight and the Wildcats remain focused on the NBL Grand Final Series, where they will take on either Adelaide or Illawarra for the 2017 title,” the statement said.