Wildcats hungry for a top-two finish

Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson.
Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson. Paul Kane

With the luxury of having six of their last seven games at home, the Perth Wildcats are looking to set themselves up for a top-two finish ahead of the NBL play-offs.

Sitting on top of the ladder with a 13-5 record, the Wildcats will chase their fifth straight win in tonight's clash against Townsville in the second leg of their Sunshine Swing.

They opened with a come-from-behind 73-70 win over the Taipans in Cairns on Thursday night, coach Trevor Gleeson (pictured) saying the 24-12 final quarter was indicative of the team's never-say-die attitude.

"Our chemistry is really good. We trust each and our resolve to win is something special," Gleeson told APN.

"Only good teams have that and I think we do."

Gleeson acknowledged the Crocs, whom he once coached, were a young team who played aggressively and with little fear.

"They're a team who play their hearts out. They've had our number the last couple of games and we know they will be tough with their new import (Omar Samhan)," he said.

It was in an emotional game against Townsville in north Queensland last month where Wildcats' skipper Damian Martin had his jaw badly smashed by an errant elbow from Crocs captain Brian Conklin. Townsville won that clash 89-77, but parted ways with Conklin a few weeks later.

" I think the re-match will be a cracker," Gleeson said.

Round 11 wraps up in New Zealand tomorrow with the Breakers hosting Illawarra.

- WAYNE HEMING


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