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R16 Report: Wildcats continue home dominance over Hawks

The Perth Wildcats have consolidated second position in the NBL continuing their remarkable dominance at home over the Illawarra Hawks, winning 95-72 on Thursday night. Both teams entered the contest on 14-8 records with second spot up for grabs. And despite missing superstar Kirk Penney the Hawks started well opening up a 10-points lead early in the second quarter. However, by half-time the 'Cats led 48-44 and then dominated the second half to end up winning by 23 points to improve to 15-8 and leave the Hawks at 14-9. Remarkably Perth has now won its last 21 home matches against the Hawks who did not win at Challenge Stadium after November 5, 2005, and have never won at Perth Arena. Jermaine Beal didn’t make a field goal in the first three quarters but nailed five of them, including four threes, in the fourth to end up top-scoring for the Wildcats with 22 points. Casey Prather added 20 points, six rebounds and three assists while inside Nate Jawai was a significant presence with 18 points and five boards. Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson was especially happy with the showing by Jawai. "We were getting Nate the ball. It's taken us a fair few games to get him the ball in the right spots, but we did a pretty good job of that tonight," Gleeson said. "That was Nate's best game in the red jersey, without a question. I didn’t know he had that fall away, fade away jumper on the baseline, so we might have to go back to that one." Jesse Wagstaff contributed 14 points for Perth and Damian Martin seven to go with six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Martin's battle with 2010 championship teammate Kevin Lisch was fascinating. Lisch finished with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in his 150th NBL game. Rhys Martin was also playing NBL game 200 for the Hawks and had eight points, four boards and four assists. Oscar Forman top-scored for Illawarra with 17 points while nailing 5-of-9 from beyond the arc but again he was hindered by foul trouble. Tim Coenraad started in place of Penney and scored 16 points. Penney burst a blood vessel in his hamstring on Sunday in New Zealand but should return next week. Hawks coach Rob Beveridge didn’t hold back in his assessment of his team's performance. "We were mentally soft. We didn’t handle the physicality like we knew we were going to play against and we failed in that area. I'd prefer it to happen now than if we get to the playoffs, but that's if we get there," Beveridge said. "Some people might be a little bit content that we are there, but we are so far off the playoffs and tonight the Wildcats taught us a lesson why they are a championship team. I want to learn from that experience." Following a tight first quarter, the Hawks opened up the first break early in the second. Forman nailed three triples in the space of less than two minutes and suddenly the visitors led by 10. However, the 'Cats finished the half scoring 18 of the last 22 points to lead by four at the break. By the time Jarrod Kenny nailed a three-quarter court buzzer beater on three quarter-time, the Wildcats led by 15 and went on to win by 23 to have won all four games over the Hawks this season by a combined 62 points. The Wildcats now take on the Cairns Taipans on Monday night back at Perth Arena while the Hawks return home to host the fourth placed Adelaide 36ers on Thursday. PERTH WILDCATS 95 (Beal 22, Prather 20, Jawai 18) ILLAWARRA HAWKS 72 (Forman 17, Coenraad 16, Lisch 14) BOX SCORE
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