The Perth Wildcats, Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix all secured preseason victories last night, as preparations towards the NBL Blitz in Tasmania and NBL20 ramp up.
Perth got redemption against the Adelaide 36ers after losing to them on Wednesday night, taking home a thrilling 100-98 victory, with a Jesse Wagstaff steal and lay-up in the dying seconds proving to be the decider.
It capped a massive finish from Wagstaff, who scored six points in the last 27 seconds, to help Perth come back from a 98-94 deficit in the final minute.
Scores tied. Seconds remaining.
Enter Wildcats Defence.
Jesse Wagstaff with the winner! pic.twitter.com/34m8okzOyb
— Perth Wildcats (@PerthWildcats) September 6, 2019
Wildcats youngster Rhys Vague had an impressive performance, amassing 20 points and seven rebounds, while also hitting four-of-five three-point attempts. New import Dario Hunt recorded 19 points, other noteworthy stat lines included Bryce Cotton (14 points) and Damian Martin (10 points, six assists and three steals).
Adelaide’s Harry Froling showed the benefits of chasing his NBA dream this offseason, dominating proceedings with 27 points and nine rebounds on nine-of-14 shooting in 25 minutes off the bench. Deshon Taylor had 18 points and Daniel Johnson contributed 15 points and eight rebounds.
Check out the full stats of the Wildcats 36ers clash here.
United’s big men were unstoppable in their 104-88 win against Cairns Taipans, with Jo Lual-Acuil Jr (25 points, nine rebounds) and Shawn Long (24 points, seven rebounds) leading the way.
Mitch McCarron stuffed the stat sheet with 9 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
While the Taipans suffered defeat, a moment of brilliance from rookie Kouat Noi will have fans salivating at his potential in NBL20.
— NBL (@NBL) September 6, 2019
South East Melbourne made a bit of history last night, notching their first ever win against NBL opposition, taking down the Brisbane Bullets 85-80.
Tai Wesley led the way for the Phoenix with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Fellow NBL veteran Ben Madgen had a strong outing, proving he is still a marksman from downtown, connecting on six-of-seven three-pointers.
Keith Benson (12 points) and Kendall Stephens (11 points) were the other two double-digit scorers for South East Melbourne.
Lamar Patterson picked up right where he left off last season with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Jason Cadee (14 points) and Tyrell Harrison (13 points) also had good games for Brisbane.
Check out the full stats of the Phoenix Bullets clash here.