Another home loss for the Snakes
THE Perth Wildcats continued the Taipans' misery in Cairns, winning 85-66 on Saturday night in their first meeting this season.
Knight looked the fool when his wide-open dunk popped out in the first quarter, but he put that behind him to finish as one of the visitors' best contributors.
Jesse Wagstaff (15 points, 5 rebounds) and Shawn Redhage (10 points, 7 rebounds) along with 24 Taipans turnovers made sure there were plenty of second chances for their offence.
Even the Taipans’ good work was undone in the second quarter when a Shane Edwards rejection on Lisch, who was in the paint, resulted in a Cameron Tovey three.
That and a Lisch bucket on the final play of the second quarter gave Perth a 49-37 half-time lead.
Earlier in the quarter a bright start from the Taipans, accentuated by a razor sharp assist from Wilson and a long three from Loughton, got the big crowd involved.
But as they did the entire night Perth shunted the comeback, Greg Hire nailing a three from the corner.
Both teams’ field goal percentages crept close to 50 per cent by the main break, but it was a different story in the first 10 minutes.
It took more than five minutes for the Snakes to score their first points and they made just four buckets for the term, and only some wayward shooting from Perth kept the home team in the game.
The second and third quarters were fast-paced, high-scoring affairs, but once the Wildcats had the finish line in sight they shut the Taipans down and cruised to victory.
Perth Wildcats 85 (Lisch 26, Wagstaff 15, Knight 13)
Cairns Taipans 66 (Wilson 17)
At Cairns Convention Centre
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Shot down: Taipan Jamar Wilson had 17 points, but the Snakes lost again on their home court.