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Wildcats clean up 36ers again

ADELAIDE’s offence dried up after halftime as Perth made it a comfortable 2-0 NBL preseason home series success over the 36ers today in Joondalup, winning 84-66.

That win came on top of Friday’s 100-61 rout of the Sixers at Jack Bendat Stadium in which Wildcats Bryce Cotton and Clint Steindl both had 20 points, with four others in double-digits.

Only 36ers import Jacob Wiley troubled the scorers in that one, with 19 points as Adelaide shot at 32.8 percent and was outrebounded by a whopping 55-33.

While the Sixers went into the two-match preparation without Boomers Nathan Sobey, Daniel Johnson and Anthony Drmic, Perth also was down its contingent wearing the green-and-gold this week against Qatar in Doha, Mitch Norton, Nick Kay, Angus Brandt and Jesse Wagstaff all absent.

The Wildcats also were down new import Terrico White, making the ease of their wins troubling for Adelaide fans, though probably not the 36ers coaching staff.

They would have seen great promise in Wiley and also rookie forward Jack McVeigh, who had a series of exciting moments.

Adris De Leon was finding his feet and Adelaide looked good going into the first break up 28-22 and still comfortably ahead at halftime.

But after breaking clear by double-digits in the third period, the 36ers ground to a halt offensively, as much due to Perth’s defence as their own decision-making.

Sensing the momentum shift, Perth fought to the lead and when Nelson Larkins had the ball stripped in the open court and grabbed his opponent, the unsportsmanlike foul took Perth to a 56-53 buffer.

Ignited by a 16-4 run which took their lead to 72-57, the Wildcats were rolling as the Sixers struggled to find offensive winners before coach Joey Wright cleared his bench of development players and the lead blew further out.

Perth kept Adelaide to a paltry 24 second-half points and again controlled the glass, winning the boards 61-42.

MEANWHILE defending champion Melbourne United has found its man to fill the large shoes of triple-champion three-man Casey Prather, today confirming it has signed DJ Kennedy, 28 and a 198cm swingman.

“He was certainly on our list last year when we were looking and ended up with Casey Prather,” Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman said.

“We watched some games of Casey in Germany and D.J (below) was in that same league.

“He’s been a high-level European guy since he came out of college (at St John’s in New York) and a guy that we thought has all the tools to fit the job description.”

In apparently unrelated news, Carrick Felix allegedly is seeking Cedric Jackson's advice on how to get back into the NBL.

Sep 9

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