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SF3 Report: Wildcats beat Hawks at home again to advance

The Perth Wildcats have won a 24th straight game at home over the Illawarra Hawks winning Semi-Final Game 3 89-74 at Perth Arena to advance to the Grand Final. The Wildcats prevailed by 15 points to remain unbeaten at home against the Hawks since November 5, 2005. It sets up a third Grand Final Series with the New Zealand in the last five NBL seasons. The Wildcats were able to close down the fast-paced Hawks that were on show in Game 1 scoring 104 points. The 'Cats held them to 74 points on 20-of-52 shooting. Getting off only 52 shots limited the Hawks ability to put up points with 'Cats captain Damian Martin outstanding again defensively with seven points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Kevin Lisch provided inspiration for the Hawks by getting up to play despite a multiple-week ankle injury. He found a way to contribute with 11 points but shot just 1-of-7 from the floor. The 'Cats got tremendous energy out of Casey Prather. He threw down several dunks, including a monster over AJ Ogilvy in the fourth quarter that stretched Perth's lead to 16. That came after a physical confrontation between Prather and Ogilvy in the third quarter that led to both receiving unsportsmanlike fouls. The advantage soon became 21 when Matt Knight (15 points, nine rebounds) tipped in Prather's missed free-throw and Jesse Wagstaff (17 points, seven boards) dropped a three. Jermaine Beal also hit 17 points for the Wildcats making a focus to drive more than settle for his usually standard three-point bombs. Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson was delighted with how his team bounced back from Game 2. "Coming back from Wollongong on Monday we were really mad at ourselves. So it was good for the guys to get locked into what we needed to do and tonight we played four quarters of Wildcats basketball. That was really pleasing," Gleeson said. "We know New Zealand are tough. We respect them and we've had some great games throughout the years, and we are looking for another great series with them now." Kirk Penney top-scored once again for the Hawks with 18 points and five assists while hitting 4-of-7 from three-point range. Rhys Martin contributed 11 points, Cody Ellis 10 points and Ogilvy nine points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. Hawks coach Rob Beveridge couldn’t have been prouder of his group making it this far. "I'm absolutely super proud of our group. If you have a look at it, we were a club lost on the bottom of the ladder with six wins. But we have finished in third place and a game off coming first or second. That's pretty special," Beveridge said. "For us to achieve what we did this year was amazing and I know the guys are upset and disappointed that we didn’t play the style we wanted, but I walk away with my head high and I'll go to the Wildcats bar across the road wearing my Illawarra top with pride." Threes for Ellis, Lisch and Penney in the opening period helped the Hawks overcome a slow start and they did well to be just two down at quarter-time. The Wildcats threatened to breakaway with the first six points of the second period but Illawarra got to the line the rest of the half and stayed in touch despite Perth leading 49-42 at the break. The first seven points of the second half and then a 10-0 run late in the third quarter saw Perth's lead out to 20 and the Hawks were never able to get closer than 14 the rest of the way. Game 1 of the Grand Final Series will be at Perth Arena on Wednesday, Game 2 at North Shore Events Centre on Friday and then if required, Game 3 will be back in Perth on Sunday. PERTH WILDCATS 89 (Beal 17, Wagstaff 17, Knight 15, Prather 15) ILLAWARRA HAWKS 74 (Penney 18, Lisch 11, Martin 11) BOX SCORE
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