NBL: Perth Wildcats celebrate 350 for Shawn Redhage

Greg Hire takes possession against the Cairns Taipans. Picture: Getty Images
Greg Hire takes possession against the Cairns Taipans. Picture: Getty Images

WHILE still very early in the National Basketball League season, 1-1 sounds a heck of a lot better than 0-2.

Feelings of frustration and missed opportunities were evident after the loss against Brisbane away on Thursday.

Being the first game for the re-born Bullets, it was a great chance for us to grab a road win.

Unfortunately, we clearly reverted to playing a style that was not Wildcats basketball.

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Since I’ve been with the club, our playing styles have changed due to coaching philosophies and different strengths on the court, but there is one constant: our intent for an unyielding contest.

We want to be tenacious on defence and we want to leave a footprint on the game through our relentless play.

That clearly wasn’t the case in the second half against Brisbane.

However there is no place like home, and being back at Perth Arena in our familiar surroundings was comforting against Cairns on Saturday.

While we were disappointed to lose a halftime lead in familiar circumstances as the previous game, it was pleasing to see the team remain composed and pull off a remarkable overtime win.

US import Jaron Johnson was outstanding and his will to learn was a pleasure to watch.

I’ve always believed he’s a special type of player and we will see him flourish as the season progresses.

This Friday night’s game against New Zealand at Perth Arena will be a special occasion as Shawn Redhage suits up for his 350th game.

I’ve been very lucky to have played alongside Shawny, he’s mentored me on and off the court and my respect for him is immeasurable.

He’s the consummate professional and the manner he carries himself to play at such a high level is remarkable.

It will be a huge game against the Breakers, not only for wins and losses, but to get this one for Shawn.