Perth Wildcats have shown they can handle the barrage of injuries that have torn their team apart by dominating their NBL Blitz game against Tasmania JackJumpers.
The Wildcats won 98-68 despite Mitch Norton (knee), Todd Blanchfield (knee), Michael Frazier II (groin), Jack Purchase (hamstring) and Corey Shervill (foot) not playing.
Perth blew the game apart with stunning three-point shooting, making 15 of their 28 attempts. Bryce Cotton was superb as he nailed five three-pointers on the way to 18 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Luke Travers was dynamic with 16 points and eight rebounds and the positive signs were everywhere as Majok Majok (13 points), Kevin White (11), Kyle Zunic (11), Vic Law (10) and Mitch Clarke (10) all scored in double figures.
Majok and White were at their best early and helped to get the Wildcats on their way.
Clarke’s performance was the prime example of grabbing an opportunity. He has spent the pre-season training with the team in the hope of securing a Development Player, has impressed with his time on court and given the club something to consider.
Perth seized control during the second quarter and took a 10-point lead into half-time. They extended that to 17 points with one quarter remaining and were able to complete the match without risking further injuries.
There was always going to be added interest in the first clash between the teams given the number of JackJumpers with Wildcats connections.
Former Wildcats assistant coach Scott Roth is the club’s their head coach, championship player Clint Steindl is captain, while they also locked away ex-players Will Magnay and Jarrad Bairstow, plus assistant coach Jacob Chance.
But new Wildcats coach Scott Morrison showed how far his game plan has come in a limited time with the players to win their second successive pre-season match.
Perth will close out the NBL Blitz against Adelaide on Friday and then return home to prepare for the opening round next week. Their injured players won’t play again during the NBL Blitz.
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