WITH such a competitive NBL season, the sense of urgency and the importance of protecting our home court record has intensified at the Perth Wildcats.
We dropped the ball in a 21-point loss to the NZ Breakers on their home court last Wednesday.
They’re an outstanding team.
To win on the road, there’s a number of factors you must control in order to get the win.
In our case, we didn’t adhere to our process and came home with a defeat.
We were extremely disappointed with our performance; we were out-rebounded and forgot our team protocols at critical moments of the game.
Work ethic is normally a Wildcats trademark, but we were outworked, which is the one aspect we were upset about most.
In saying that, as I’ve said before, I can never question the team’s focus and mindset in rectifying problems after a loss.
I couldn’t be prouder of our efforts with an 18-point triumph over Adelaide after what occurred against the Breakers.
For us to travel eight hours home on Thursday and put up a solid showing against our traditional rivals at Perth Arena on Friday was pleasing.
Matty Knight stood up strong with a double-double and showed why he’s one of the league’s premier rebounders.
His intent was lovely to watch.
Jesse Wagstaff provided another workman-like performance off the bench.
Not many teams have such a premier player coming off the pine and when he’s playing with confidence, he’s such a threat.
Lastly, US import Casey Prather is beginning to exert his dominance.
He has found his rhythm so expect some more highlight reel plays.