Perth Wildcats icon Andrew Vlahov has declared he can’t recall a better debut for the club than Vic Law’s stunning performance against Adelaide on Friday night.
Law had 37 points and four rebounds, eclipsing the previous 33 points record of a debuting Wildcat, set by James Crawford in 1987.
Vlahov was courtside calling Friday night’s win for SEN WA. He said that it was a debut performance without peer.
“I don’t think I’ve seen a better performance from a debut player,” Vlahov said.
“From what he was doing in Brisbane (last season) , he had his ups and downs, we didn’t see a consistent level and he got hurt. But everyone says he’s super talented and we just saw that.
“I wasn’t here for James Crawford’s first game but the way he took over the game and the way the team looked for him was smart. You’ve got to go to your hot man.”
Law will get another chance to play in front of the Red Army when the Wildcats play against Cairns on Sunday. The big names need to be at their best again given Matt Hodgson is awaiting the results of scans on the calf he injured on Friday night and the Michael Frazier II must pass a game day fitness test to be cleared for action.
While Law excelled in his first game for the club, Majok Majok was outstanding in his return from a Achilles surgery. Majok didn’t play last season but looked like he hadn’t missed any time.
The powerful centre had nine points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in a commanding display. His five offensive rebounds were a catalyst for turning the momentum.
Coach Scott Morrison was thrilled for Majok.
“I wasn’t around when he got hurt but I’m sure it’s been a tough road for him,” Morrison said.
“I hope he feels really good because he’s earned that feeling, not just tonight but in the last year and a half. Having not been around, I wouldn’t know he’s coming off a serious injury if someone hadn’t told me.”
The Wildcats entered round one with questions hanging over whether they were ready for the season and how they would adapt to a new coach. Vlahov said they showed fantastic signs.
“It’s early days and Hodgson being injured isn’t a good sign because without him we’ve got to play small ball,” he said.
“That means we’ve got to hit the three. But with Hodgson out, Frazier out, Norton out and Blanchfield out, that’s arguably four of the starting five so that’s not a bad effort.”
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