Wildcats outlast 36ers, Tigers get past Hawks

8 February 2013 14:29

Perth Wildcats continued their fine record at home as they beat a gallant Adelaide 36ers 73-67 at Perth Arena on Friday.

After establishing a seven-point lead at the end of the first period, the Wildcats took the foot off the pedal as the 36ers drew within a point at half-time.

The third stanza was a close contest as both teams prepared for the run to the finish but Perth had that little extra class to win the final period 26-22 and secure the victory.

Centre Matt Knight was the star for the Wildcats with 21 points while forward Greg Hire excelled by pulling in 14 rebounds.

Adelaide were well-served by forward-centre Daniel Johnson (22 points) but lacked other contributors to help get them over the line.

The triumph allows the Wildcats to stay in touch with league-leaders the New Zealand Breakers, who have a three-win advantage over the Perth outfit.

Adelaide meanwhile remain in second-last position, and could go joint bottom if Cairns win their catch-up games.

Next up for the Wildcats is a home clash against Townsville on Friday while Adelaide will host the Melbourne Tigers this Sunday.

In the earlier game, the Melbourne Tigers moved up to fourth place on the NBL ladder with a 77-70 victory over the Wollongong Hawks on Friday night.

After trailing for the majority of the first half, the Hawks levelled proceedings at the start of the final term, but the Tigers pulled away late to register their ninth win of the season.

The triumph means the Tigers leapfrog the Hawks into fourth in the standings and are well placed to feature in the post-season.

Star import Jonny Flynn led the way for the Tigers with 23 points, assisted by strong contributions from Chris Goulding (18), Seth Scott (13) and Lucas Walker (10).

Oscar Forman top-scored for the Hawks with 17 points, while Tyson Demos (14 points, four assists, four steals) enjoyed his best individual effort this season, to no avail.

Melbourne are back in action on Sunday away to Adelaide, while Wollongong make the trip to face the New Zealand Breakers next Friday.

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