IT is extremely rare to see a Perth Wildcats performance like we did in the NBL on Thursday night, with Jermaine ‘Dolla’ Beal against Melbourne. But we were lucky enough to see another scorching performance only three nights later against the Sydney Kings, with Jesse Wagstaff hitting six threes in the last quarter.
Both performances were incredible. The players were in the zone and definitely had an impact on the result of the game.
Remarkably, Jermaine didn’t hit a field goal in the first quarter but once he was rolling, by golly, he was rolling.
With a 40-point performance, Dolla also broke a few records. One of those was the most three-point field goals made by a Perth Wildcat with 10.
Jermaine backed up his performance with another great game on Sunday with 23 points but what was more impressive was the nine assists he added to his tally, though I’m pretty sure they were all to Jesse.
Jesse’s final quarter stand didn’t come as a surprise to us team members.
We’ve seen this occur many times at practice where Jesse starts racking off points and is simply unguardable.
I couldn’t be prouder of his efforts, especially being his 200th game.
He has always been a backbone of a second unit with his ability to change the game on both ends of the court.
It was pleasing to see him have such a dominant game.
The next two games away against Cairns tonight and Townsville on Saturday are crucial as we embark on another lengthy road trip.
The sunshine-swing is always a challenging schedule but if we are to figure at the top of the standings at the business end of the season, we need to remain consistent and get better as a team.
Hopefully that means we leave the Snakepit in Cairns and the Swamp in Townsville with two wins.