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Casey Prather made a last-second basket to give the Wildcats victory against Cairns.
Casey Prather made a last-second basket to give the Wildcats victory against Cairns.

After Melbourne�s sensational start winning nine games in a row, they have been brought back to the pack with three consecutive losses. Lower-ranked Townsville Crocodiles� win over them in Melbourne exemplified the league�s competitiveness.

For us, it�s extremely important to maintain a strong record at home. Perth Arena is an intimidating venue for opposition teams and we need to embellish playing with such a raucous crowd behind us.

Sunday�s game against the Cairns Taipans resulted in a fantastic outcome for us.

US import Casey Prather was sensational over the last two games, receiving player of the week honours for his output.

While Casey�s statistical effort has been excellent, what impresses me more is his passion and drive for the team � he has bought into our system and values.

The guy is a tremendous athlete but has tools that allow him to be effective on both ends of the court.

Hopefully he can maintain this standard and earn a championship. We play the New Zealand Breakers in an interesting scenario over the next two games.

We face off with them back-to-back in a home game tonight and away next Wednesday.

It can be compared to a play-off match-up where we travel to the opposition�s venue on the return leg.

We didn�t play our best basketball recently against them and would love to avenge that loss.

These match-ups are always intense so expect another highly passionate and high-energy game tonight.