Optimism is in the air tonight as Top of the table Perth Wildcats visit the Breakers at Spark Arena. The last 9 Champions have been decided between these teams and the rivals are always close to the surface. It was a tight encounter in round four until the fourth where Wildcats ran away with it. Tonight the mood is high around Breakers camp and have been working hard all week on defence. The Breakers and Wildcats then head back to Perth to battle on Sunday. In Basketball momentum is huge and going to Perth to hear 12,000 fans cheering on Perth is tough enough before
Perth Wildcats vs Skycity Breakers NZ
Saturday 23/11/18 7:50pm NZ (5:50pm AU)
By: Leon Taylor – Basketball Yeti
First Quarter and Shawn Long wins the tip. Bryce Cotton with a stop and pop to get scoring going for the game and Perth. Tai Wesley puts his own miss back next possession Wesley backs in and makes it off the glass and is fouled makes the and one. Nick Kay left open hits a three and puts the Wildcats up 2. Shawn Long dunk off alley-oop. Mitch Norton layup off the glass. Shea Ili alleyoop to Shawn Long and second dunk. Things look heated down under the basket and Perth get the ball back but Hire is called for travelling and Breakers get the ball back.
Shea Ili goes Coast to Coast and finishes with a finger roll. Shea looking aggressive early. Corey and Armani coming off the bench. Tom Abercrombie hits a three and a lead NZ 14-13 PER 4:20. Shea with the step back j from the right side of the basket. Armani works the glass and gets his scoring started since injury his right hand 3 rounds ago. Shawn Long put s the miss back off the glass. White called for the offensive foul on Jarrad Weeks and the ball back for the Breakers. Tai Wesley works hard inside and backs in with a sweet floater and 5 point lead with under a minute to play. Jarrad Weeks moving ahead in transition and reverse layup. Weeks dunk in transition and the crowd goes mental. Weeks fouls Cotton going for three and makes 2/3 there is 0.3 left on the clock. Breakers lead by 5.
First Quarter: Wildcats 21-26 Breakers (53-52%)
Second Quarter Tom Abercrombie fouls early and Corey comes in and looking for momentum. Low scoring opening 3 minutes for both teams and Cotton gets scoring going at the 8 minute mark. Rhys Vague hits one off the glass and scores are ties at 26. Tai fouls Vague and sends him to the line makes 1/2 and the lead. White makes the shot fouled misses the and one. Tai Wesley looks to Energise the Breakers offence is fouled hits the basket and one. Shawn gets his second personal and technical and Cotton makes it from the line and tied at 29. Corey misses his third shot in a row and looking to fire. Longnoff the glass. White hook shot and lead for Perth. White is left wide open and hits a three and gives the visitors a 6 point buffer with just under 5 to play NZ 31-37 PER 4:55.
Tai Wesley off loads under the basket to Shawn Long and gets it off the glass and he’s on 10 points. Hire takes a hit to the head and blood is on the floor early at Spark Arena. Tom Blocks Vague. Tai Wesley alleyoop dunk to Shawn Long and Perth call a timeout and out scoring 16-9 this quarter. Patrick Richard hits a corner three from a Long assist and Breakers get the lead back. Shawn Long is living in the paint and Shea finds him for another dunk ! NZ 40-40 PER 1:46. Breakers defence effort and look to close out better than recent weeks. Tom Abercrombie called for the foul on Norton hits 2/2 and Perth Mitch Norton wide open three and a seven point buffer for the Wildcats going to the halftime out scoring the Breakers 26-14.
Stats: Breakers shooting 18/40 – 45% : 3pt 2/12 – 16.7%. Wildcats shooting 15/30 – 50% : 3pt 4/12 33.3%.
Halftime: Wildcats 47-40 Breakers
Third Quarter starts scoring with a White long two and Wesley fouls him makes the and one Perth three and Wildcats up by 13 early. Tom 3 in reply. Tai finishes in traffic and close the gap for the Breakers. Shea blocks Cotton underneath and Breakers get the Ball back. Shea fouled makes 2/2. Perth controlling the pace of the game. Shawn Long works hard again in the paint and makes the three point play and Breakers within 5.
Tai Wesley finger roll. Shawn goes Coast to Coast before getting called for an offensive foul and his fourth foul NZ 52-57 PER 4:35. Perth call a timeout and immediately execute a play where Bryce hits the three and fouled by Corey and Cotton hits the and one. Tom Abercrombie hits a three. Breakers defence looking much tougher. Tai drives the lane and layup. Perth with a quick two in reply NZ 57-62 PER 2:37. Tom Abercrombie called for his fourth personal Kay makes 1/2. Majok comes in to finish the quarter for Abercrombie. Weeks hits a three to close the gap. Nick Kay with the hook over a highly contested Majok. Webster having a tough night and is blocked inside and fouls Norton and Perth in the bonus hits 2/2. The Breakers don’t look after the ball in the final minute and balloons from 5 to a 10 point lead.
Third Quarter:Wildcats 70-60 Breakers
Fourth Quarter Richard is fouled makes 2/2 to get scoring started for the fourth. Richard big block on Hire down low. Webster fouls Cotton going for three hits 2/3 Corey on his fourth foul and has yet to score. Tough Defence and Breakers get a turnover sending Armani Coast to Coast. Corey Webster gets his scoring going with a three and Breakers are back within 4. Shawn Long fouls Mitch Norton and gets his fifth and has to take a seat with Corey also on five fouls. Weeks and Abercrombie on 4 fouls. Norton hits 2/2 NZ 68-74 PER 6:38. Shea gets a quick two out of the timeout. Armani stop and pop and back with a possession. Before a Cotton two. Norton fouls Armani in transition Shea two from the feee throw line and on ten points.
Bryce Cotton three over Wesley put Perth up five. Shea cuts to the basket and is fouled hard goes to the line hits 2/2 . Norton drives again and called for a soft foul on Shea Ili and his second Mitch hits 1/2 NZ 76-82 PER 2:59. Patrick Richard with a two out of the timeout. Foul count Perth 14 – 28 Breakers. Richard finds a cutting Armani for the layup and within three points. Breakers force a Perth turnover and 1:15 to play. Tom is fouled with 26 seconds to play makes 2/2 and Breakers are within one point after out scoring the Wildcats 22-13 and Perth call timeout. Breakers foul White who hits 1/2 and Perth a 2 point lead with 24.6 to play Breakers timeout and execute a perfect play inside with a floater from Tai Wesley and 14 seconds to play. Armani disrupts the play and it is going to overtime.
End of the fourth 84 all.
Overtime Breakers defence starts tough but avoiding fouls. Perth get OT scoring started with a layup. Tai Wesley fouled hard inside and makes 1/2 and Tom gets his fifth foul and has to sit with Corey and Shawn, 3:15 to play NZ 85-87 PER. Norton inside off the glass and a four point lead. Tai Wesley called for his fourth personal and Breakers 32! Perth converting at the line and 6 point buffer with 2:15 on the clock Braswell calls a Breakers timeout. Bryce Cotton is injures and leaves the court. Perth look want to push the boat out on this one being sent to the line time and time again with and make it a 9 point lead from the line with one minute on the clock. Weeks gets a three in transition to soften the blow. Perth run the clock down and shoot last second. Weeks is fouled in transition makes 2/2. It was a tight game but Perth come out on top and solidify their spot top of the NBL table.
Fulltime: Wildcats 98-93 Breakers
Game Round-up and Thoughts: The one thought and glaring stat the Breakers didn’t win is 35-18 foul count and the 42 attempts for Perth from the line to Breakers 18. Some how they still kept it within a chance forcing an almost unwinnable game to overtime. Five players were fouled out of the game and that included Tom Abercrombie, Corey Webster and Shawn Long all by the time overtime had started. It was physical and for Basketball Yeti 20+ of the foul calls are right after reviewing the game again. But is not right is not giving a team a actual chance and not calling physicality evenly. That is just not basketball.
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