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Author:  djmenow [ Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:24 pm ]
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Awesome win by the Cats tonight over the Dragons in Melb.

Loughton is dominating this league and making it look so easy. Averaging over 20ppg over 3 game and nearly 10 rpg.

Author:  djmenow [ Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:51 pm ]
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Awesome game by Shaun Redhage last night against the 36ers. The 1st Wildcats to score 40 points in a game since Rob Feaster in 2003.

Author:  djmenow [ Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:31 pm ]
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The Cats killed the Taipans at home today. Rogers killed rookie star Nathan Jawai. Awesome D today by the cats.

Author:  djmenow [ Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:55 pm ]
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Cats switch imports

The Perth Wildcats have switched imports, axing pint-sized guard Rashad Phillips in favour of former NBA player Gerald Brown.

Brown played a season for NBA side Phoenix Suns in 1998/99, averaging 2.2 points and 0.9 assists per game in 34 appearances for the club.

Although those statistics seem insignificant, he averaged just seven minutes of court time as a back-up to star point-guard Jason Kidd.

After his stint with the Suns, Brown moved from the NBA to ply his trade in Europe.

Brown, 32, has spent the past two years playing in Spain's top league, and Cats coach Scott Fisher said he believed the 193cm guard would provide Perth with greater on-court leadership than what Phillips delivered.

"We think Gerald is going to give us more of what we want than what Rashad did. If we are right, we are going to get better. If we have an opportunity to get better, we have to take it," Fisher said of the decision to replace Phillips with Brown.

"Brown's unflappable, he's got poise and he'll be the leader that we need out there. He's the guy who's going to read the game in such a way that it's going to make everybody else out there better. We like where this team is headed."

"His arms are long and he's wide as well. He's a good size for a point guard. All of a sudden we look big, whereas when Rashad was out there we were small."

Phillips, who was recruited to the Cats before the start of the season, averaged 13.7 points and 7.5 assists per game in his five appearances for the club.

Dubbed 'Baby Iverson' due to his lightning speed, Phillips struggled to adapt to the Wildcats' game plan.

"Rashad's had a way (of playing) that has been successful for him, and that didn't suit our style of game. So consequently, he didn't get the best out of us and we didn't get the best out of him," Fisher said.

"He can definitely play in this league and can be very successful in this league, and I'm sure another team will get him. He just didn't work with our style."

Brown, who played alongside Luc Longley at Phoenix, faced off against Wildcats centre Paul Rogers during his college days at Pepperdine.

"I remember Rogers. He was a couple of years older and he was a beast. I don't think we had anybody to hold him," Brown said with a laugh.

The Wildcats play Wollongong at the WIN Entertainment Centre of Friday night and Fisher said he hoped Brown could play, although the American still requires clearance from immigration.

"It's going to be tight to get him cleared by immigration and ready to play for Friday, but we will pull out all stops to see that it happens," Fisher said.

Author:  forsaken [ Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:21 pm ]
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I am worried about this new import Brown... :s

Author:  djmenow [ Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:17 pm ]
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So am I but hopefully the 1st game was just a jet lag sort of game.

Author:  djmenow [ Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:11 pm ]
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Great comeback win by the Cats over the Kings at the SEC. Both teams played like shit but the Wildcats equalled their best comeback from being down by 13 points at 3 qtr time to win by 3.

Author:  djmenow [ Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:05 pm ]
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US import impresses Fisher

Joe Shipp Shawn Redhage's application for Australian citizenship has been approved, opening the door for the Perth Wildcats to sign up another import for the 2007-08 HUMMER Championship NBL season.

Redhage has already received verbal approval of his Australian citizenship and is expected to be sworn in on January 12.

And with the finals fast approaching, the Wildcats have moved swiftly to bolster their squad, flying over American Joe Shipp for a trial with the club.

The 196cm guard/forward ranks third on California's all-time scoring list, trailing only NBA-experienced players Sean Lampley (1776) and Lamond Murray (1688).

A fatigued Shipp, 26, hit the practice courts at 10am on Monday, just eight hours after arriving at his hotel room following a long flight from America.

But despite Shipp's tired state, Wildcats coach Scott Fisher said he was happy with what he saw.

"I like what he showed today despite no sleep and a long, long flight. That's tough for anybody," Fisher said.

"The versatility he can bring to us is exciting. We can slot him into a number of different roles. I have very little doubt he'll be able to play and be an impact player in this league."

Shipp, who has been plying his trade in the NBA Development League for the past few years, said he would bring an offensive edge to the Cats.

"I'm a good shooter, good offensive player and a solid defender. I'll do whatever it takes to help this team, whatever they ask me to," he said.

But Fisher said it was important for Shipp to be a defensive rock as well.

"First and foremost he has to play his defence," the coach said.

"That's what this team has been all about and that's why we're in the top four, because we are playing great defence."

Should the Wildcats choose to sign Shipp, the club must first wait for Redhage's citizenship to be signed, sealed and delivered, before then receiving approval from the NBL.

Fisher said Saturday's home clash against the Blaze would be the earliest Shipp would be available to play.

With guard Adam Caporn (stress fractures) out injured and Aaron Trahair shipped off to Wollongong, Fisher said it was important for the club to bring in a new player.

"You look and you think: 'Jesus, if one more guy goes down we are going to be really limited'," he said.

"With Trahair gone and Caporn out for an extended period of time it's great to have the option to bring in a quality guy and a quality player."

Author:  djmenow [ Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:19 pm ]
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Wildcats fined $20,000 by NBL

The Perth Wildcats have been fined $20,000 by the NBL for breaking player eligibility rules earlier this season.

The fine stems from a three-game run in which the Wildcats, fourth on the ladder with a 14-9 win-loss record, played 11 contracted players.

Under NBL rules, clubs are only allowed to have 10 contracted players suited up at any time, with another two development players also permitted to play in home games.

It is believed that during the games in question, the Wildcats fielded 11 contracted players and only one development player.

NBL CEO Chuck Harmison confirmed the Wildcats had accepted the fine.


Author:  djmenow [ Sat Feb 23, 2008 10:07 am ]
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Wildcats crash past Crocs

The Perth Wildcats sent a warning that minor premiers Sydney are in for a big semi-final test after beating the Townsville Crocodiles 96-78 in the HUMMER Championship NBL quarter-final at Challenge Stadium on Friday night.

In front of the loudest Perth crowd of the season, the Crocodiles were unable to recapture their form that saw them eliminate the Gold Coast Blaze on Wednesday. The Wildcats' suffocating defence and dangerous offensive options saw the home side record an emphatic 18-point win.

The Crocs now join the Blaze and Cairns Taipans as the eliminated teams, while the Wildcats prepare to take on the Sydney Kings in a three-game series starting on Monday at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Apart from Townsville's point streaks to start the game and close out the third quarter, Perth dominated the majority of the match in a fashion the Kings would not have enjoyed seeing.

Peter Crawford led the way with 23 points, with Shawn Redhage (20), Alex Loughton (20) and Gerald Brown (10) all having standout games.

Wildcats coach Scott Fisher was delighted with the performance that sees his side advance a stage further than last year when they were bundled out by Cairns in Perth.

"It was not perfect, we struggled getting into our offence at times, but the defensive effort and the rebounding was impressive," said Fisher.

"That second quarter was amazing and this team has been haunted since last year by the thought that they go into their shells when expectations are high."

"They continued to communicate, their concentration was better than usual and that makes such a difference for these guys. They went for it and you know how hard they were concentrating by seeing they were 17-of-19 from the free-throw line. "

"That second quarter was one of our best all year. We limited their good looks, did a good job of looking after the ball and did well keeping them off the boards. They weren’t getting a whole lot of second looks and when we get back on defence and play five-on-five, we are as good anyone."

Corey 'Homicide' Williams led the way for Townsville with 29 points on 11-of-21 shooting, but he didn’t receive enough help. Galen Young had 10 points and 13 boards, with Michael Cedar the only other in double figures with 10.

After scorching the Blaze earlier in the week, John Rillie had a tough night out scoring only nine points and pulling down three rebounds.

Crocs' boss Trevor Gleeson knew his team was fatigued and that the trip to Perth was not going to be easy. But, while he would have preferred to be still be alive in the competition, he was satisfied with the heart his team showed during the season.

"We had four games in a week, we knew it was a hard schedule leading into it and it makes a bit of a difference when the other team has six or seven days to prepare and get themselves fresh," said Gleeson.

"At half-time we had a chance to regroup and refocus and we had some good runs where we locked them down but we couldn't get under that 10-point buffer."

"I have mixed emotions right now. I'm proud of the guys for the way they've carried themselves. We were 1-5 and 3-7 to start the year and we could have packed it in, but to turn this around and finish fifth while putting pressure on fourth is a credit to them."

Loughton had two quick fouls inside the first minute of the game to immediately diminish Perth's dominant front court and take away its best defender.

Ben Pepper became the first big man to have an influence on the game, scoring six straight Crocs points and a three to Rillie put the visitors up 13-5 after six minutes.

Townsville led 20-17 at quarter-time and things stayed even for the majority of the second period with scores tied at 28-apiece before the Crocs capitulated at both ends of the floor.

With endless turnovers, missed shots and poor shot selection, Townsville didn’t add to its score of 28 until the third quarter and Perth went on a match-winning run.

With Redhage, Crawford and Loughton all taking over, the Cats scored the final 13 points of the half to lead 41-28.

Townsville had 10 turnovers in the first half and only shot 8-of-31 from the field, but it was even worse in the second quarter with the Crocs only hitting 3-of-16 in what was quite possibly their worst period of the season.

Rillie finally broke Townsville's scoring drought of over five minutes with a three 30 seconds into the third term, but Perth continued on their merry way with the lead getting out to as much as 19.

The Crocs regrouped towards the end of the quarter, though, and thanks to an 11-point Williams quarter, the Cats only led 68-56 with one period to go.

A Brad Sheridan three to start the final quarter brought the Crocodiles' deficit back within single figures for the first time since just before half-time, but soon after a big dunk from Crawford put Perth back up by 15 and the Cats soaked up the win in the dying minutes as they wrapped up the 18-point win.

Perth Wildcats 96 (Crawford 23, Redhage 20, Loughton 20)
Townsville Crocodiles 78 (Williams 29, Young 10, Cedar 10)
@ Challenge Stadium, Perth; 22/02/08. Crowd: approx 4300

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