PERTH Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson says his team is “starting to click at the right time”.
Speaking ahead of the franchise’s 13th NBL grand final series, Gleeson admitted it had been a “big turnaround” since the Wildcats limped into 2017 in danger of missing the finals.
“I’ve used the analogy of the Melbourne Cup race,” he told 6PR on Tuesday night after getting past Cairns in the semi-finals.
“We’re down the straight right now and we’re flying.
“Hopefully we can keep that up to get to the finish line first.”
Gleeson said the club was lucky the timing was right to get recent American import Bryce Cotton after deciding it needed another guard instead of forward Jaron Johnson.
“I knew Bryce was the guy that was going to help us challenge for a championship,” Gleeson said.
The coach also praised Casey Prather, last week named in the All-NBL First Team.
“He’s been sensational the last three weeks,” Gleeson said.
“That weekend we had to qualify for the play-offs, Casey really stepped up to say ‘hey listen, follow me guys’…
“He does a lot of hard work and he got a bit of flak for not producing.
“But he was legitimately injured and he was getting through it.
“So we’re very proud of what Casey has been able to achieve.”