NBL team Perth Wildcats basketball team won against Illawarra Hawks

NBL team Perth Wildcats basketball team won against Illawarra Hawks

WHEN you sit out of the game for an extended period, you develop an appreciation for things you normally take for granted.

After having a conditioning session on a scheduled team day off, I realised I had never really appreciated this aspect of our preparation. 

Generally, the emotions you feel during conditioning sessions aren’t positive.

But knowing I’ll be on the sidelines for a considerable time gives me added motivation to complete them.

It was great to see the boys get back on track with the win over Wollongong at home last week.

Obviously, we still have plenty of improvement to come, but we showed when things aren’t clicking 100 per cent on the offensive end, we can still win via the defensive end. 

Defence has always been the backbone of our team.

It was pleasing to see Shawn Redhage have a great game in his 300th.

Fortunately, he wasn’t given a technical for flopping, but unfortunately the refs weren’t too kind in fouling him out.

Shawn started the game extremely aggressive and asserted himself on the opposition; the ultimate professional. 

When Shawn gets going, you just sit back and enjoy the ride and marvel at some of the things he does.

Once again, Damian Martin showed why he’s the motor of our team with his defensive efforts against the quickest backcourt in the league.

Look for him to terrorise the opposition when we face Sydney at Perth Arena tomorrow night.

This week’s game against the Kings definitely has some great match-ups ” former NBA player Josh Childress and his delightful hair will go up against our own DeAndre Daniels.

Australian Boomer representative Ben Madgen will go up against clutch performer Jermaine Beal.

This is a massive game at home.

If we can continue improving, it will hold us in good stead for our road trip next weekend.