Wildcats ready to wrap up title in enemy territory

Nate Jawai, of the Wildcats, looks to go to the basket during game one of the NBL Grand Final series  at Perth Arena. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty Images.
Nate Jawai, of the Wildcats, looks to go to the basket during game one of the NBL Grand Final series at Perth Arena. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty Images.

Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson knows his team won't win any new fans for game two of the NBL grand final series in Auckland tonight, but he is confident his players can win the game and the title.

The Wildcats jumped out of the blocks in game one in Perth on Wednesday night, claiming an 82-76 victory on the back of a team-high 15 points from big man Nate Jawai.

"It's just half-time, that's all it is," Gleeson said when asked about the significance of the win. "We know it's tough in New Zealand, without a question. We know we're going to get some home cooking and love over there from the locals, but that's what you expect.

"This is what we practised for, this is what we sacrificed for. We've got a good opportunity now and we'll give it our best shot."

The Breakers, who were best served by guards Corey Webster (19 points) and Cedric Jackson (14), won both games at home against Perth (by a combined 29 points) during the regular season. A deciding game three will be played in Perth on Sunday if required.


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