Perth Wildcats Set Record, Right For Playoffs

The Perth Wildcats make it 26 consecutive playoff appearances.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

A 94-59 shellacking of the Cairns Taipans sealed the Perth Wildcats spot in the NBL playoffs, making it the 26th consecutive time the club has reached the post-season, a league record.

Home losses to the Taipans and the New Zealand Breakers meant Perth is still fighting for the league’s second seed, but overall it has been an outstanding season for the red and black.

Against the Taipans, the Cats received six double-digit scoring efforts led by their captain from the bench, Brad Robbins, who hauled in 16 points in just 14 minutes of action, the least amount of playing time from all of the major scorers.

Backcourt duo Kevin Lisch and Damien Martin were again a two-headed monster on the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Lisch had two triples on route to 14 points while the diminutive Martin had 11 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Big men Shawn Redhage and his backup Jessie Wagstaff were also very solid and combined for 20 points and three triples.

The Cats have made eight Grand Final appearances to the tune of five championships, the most recent coming in the 2009-10 season, and are looking in a very strong position to add another piece of hardware to the cabinet.

Co-captain Alex Loughton, the NBL player of the week a fortnight ago, missed the game with a sore Achilles, but will hopefully be back and fit when Perth takes on the Townsville Crocs at Challenge Stadium, an important game as Perth continues to battle for better playoff positioning.

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