NBL: Perth Wildcats content at 5-2 says Greg Hire

Jerome Randle starred for the Adelaide 36ers in their narrow loss to the Wildcats. Picture: Getty Images
Jerome Randle starred for the Adelaide 36ers in their narrow loss to the Wildcats. Picture: Getty Images

JUST like a basketball game, we try to divide the season into quarters, so after completing the first quarter, we are sitting at 5-2.

To us, that’s a reasonable record.

We felt the games we dropped on the road were gettable and we could easily be 7-0.

On the flipside, with the closeness of our games, we could also be 0-7.

Saturday’s three-point win against the Adelaide 36ers was definitely an exciting match-up; 209 points were scored in the highest scoring affair in Perth Arena history.

It’s not often you get a win when your opponent scores more than 100, but it gives us confidence we can score in multiple ways.

The 36ers’ Jerome Randle was something else; his performance may have been the best effort I’ve witnessed in my career.

His 40 points while dishing nine dimes nearly got his team across the line.

These close wins have increased the blood pressure, but built the character and resilience of the team.

They are the type of victories that will give the squad great belief and help get us across the line at the back end of the season.

Like always, this Sunday’s game against the New Zealand Breakers at Perth Arena will be a physical encounter.

With great respect between the organisations, it will be another challenging and fierce contest.

Unfortunately with Damian Martin, our inspirational leader, out for the next 10-12 weeks, it will take a concerted effort from the squad to rally around each other and go to another level.

Get behind the team as we try to stay undefeated at home and add one to the win column.