Sport Wildcats win continues Bullets NBL misery

10:20  14 january  2018
10:20  14 january  2018 Source:   MSN

Melbourne beat Perth to go top of table

  Melbourne beat Perth to go top of table Melbourne United have beaten the Perth Wildcats, claiming their seventh consecutive win to go to the top of the NBL ladder. To get there, they knocked off the two-time reigning champion, the Perth Wildcats, in a thriller on their home court.Melbourne extended their winning streak to seven games with an 82-80 victory over the Wildcats on Friday night.It wasn't pretty; and was at times heated. Melbourne had led by 13 points at the last change and by 12 with seven minutes left on the clock.

The Perth Wildcats pulled off one the club's best comeback victories to continue Brisbane's NBL misery on Sunday. The Bullets led by as much as 21 in the second quarter, before Cotton, who had just two points going into the final quarter, finished with 13 points, including the match- winning basket.

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Jean-Pierre Tokoto of the Wildcats breaks away from the defence.© Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Jean-Pierre Tokoto of the Wildcats breaks away from the defence. The Perth Wildcats pulled off one the club's best comeback victories to continue Brisbane's NBL misery on Sunday.

The Bullets led by as much as 21 in the second quarter, before Perth import Bryce Cotton hit an amazing running basket to steal the game off them 81-80.

With their NBL season already on life support Brisbane jumped a flat Perth from the start, racing out to a shock 10-3 lead early and then extending it to 26-18 at quarter time.

Perth looked off the pace backing up for their fifth road game since losing to Illawarra in Wollongong on December 23.

Wildcats beat Kings to stay top of NBL

  Wildcats beat Kings to stay top of NBL The Sydney Kings comeback falls short as Perth Wildcats close out a tight win on the road providing the best tonic after their loss to Adelaide two days ago.The Wildcats crashed in the fourth quarter of a 97-86 loss in Adelaide on Thursday night, but stood up when it counted against a Kings outfit desperate to earn just their sixth win of a disappointing season.

The NBL is the pre-eminent professional men's basketball league in Australia and New Zealand. The league was founded in 1979 and is currently contested by eight teams; seven from Australia and one from New Zealand.

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Travis Trice of the Bullets.© Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Travis Trice of the Bullets. When Brisbane import Stephen Holt nailed a hat-trick of uncontested three-point shots the deficit blew out to 37-16 early in the second term and there didn't appear any way back for the Wildcats.

But Brisbane's worrying trait of squandering good leads continued as the visitors launched a stunning comeback after entering the final quarter trailing 62-57.

Cotton, who had just two points going into the final quarter, finished with 13 points, including the match-winning basket.

He was well supported by JP Tokoto (16 points and seven rebounds) and a valuable eight rebounds from American Derek Cooke Jnr.

For Brisbane, import Travis Trice led the way with 18 points including a pressure three-point bomb from the left wing, which put the Bullets in front 80-79 with just a few seconds left.

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