BASKETBALL

Wildcats claim another road victory

Wildcats claim another road victory
Perth Wildcats have claimed a tense 72-68 win over the Brisbane Bullets to move to third on the NBL table.

Perth have kept alive hopes of extending their record NBL finals run with a tense 72-68 victory over Brisbane to move to third on the table.

The much-needed victory gave the Wildcats a chance to continue their incredible record of having made the finals for the last 30 years after last year going past the previous best mark in professional sport of 29 set by the Boston Bruins in the NHL from 1968-96.

Star Wildcats import Casey Prather (19 points) iced two late free throws after the club's new import Bryce Cotton broke Brisbane's defensive shackles with a five-point final-quarter burst to put the visitors ahead 62-60.

Cotton, who made a stunning 29-point debut for the Wildcats in their win over Sydney at the weekend, was scoreless in the first half.

For the first three quarters he was more like rough canvas than smooth cotton with Brisbane's defence constantly working him over.

Cotton had just two points up at three-quarter-time but stepped up down the straight to finish with 11 points.

Brisbane kept their noses in front for much of the opening quarter until Prather dropped in the Wildcats' last eight points for a 22-13 quarter-time lead.

Prather didn't score a point in the second quarter as Brisbane cut back a nine- point deficit to lead 35-34 at halftime thanks to an 11-point contribution by veteran guard Adam Gibson, who hit three out of his four three-point attempts.

AAP