Greg Hire: Perth Wildcats looking for redemption after poor loss


Greg Hire defends against Nick Kay in the Perth Wildcats’ loss to Illawarra Hawks at Perth Arena earlier this week.
Greg Hire defends against Nick Kay in the Perth Wildcats’ loss to Illawarra Hawks at Perth Arena earlier this week.

A BASKETBALL game can be like a rollercoaster at times.

There can be incredible starts and plays where you have to grind it out.

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Then, on most occasions, comes a climactic ending.

The team that deals with the highs and lows in the most steady fashion is usually the team that comes out victorious.

Last Sunday’s game against the Illawarra Hawks at Perth Arena saw us booming out of the gates.

Deflections and steals led to rim rocking dunks and the energy was high.

Unfortunately for us, Illawarra, like any quality team, threw a punch and instead of countering, we became shell shocked and withdrawn.

We have some extremely talented players and when they play instinctively, with aggression and confidence, we look untouchable. When we play passive, we lack that killer instinct.

We don’t like losing, but at times positives do come out of losses. Players will open up and provide feedback, which is beneficial for the team.

I’ve discussed in the past the resilience of this group and the confidence we have in one another. We know we didn’t perform to our standards on Sunday but we also know how special this team can be.

I can’t wait to get back out there and redeem ourselves against the Brisbane Bullets at Perth Arena tonight.