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Wildcats hand Tigers another loss

By Tracey Lewis 18/01/2004 05:39:03 AM Comments (0)

The Perth Wildcats inflicted the Melbourne Tiger's second successive loss with a comprehensive 111-96 win in their national basketball league clash at Burswood Dome.

Led by big man Tony Ronaldson and import Rashad Tucker, who both had a game high 22 points, the Wildcats dominated their more fancied rivals from the tip-off.

Perth worked its way to a seven-point lead by the latter stages of the first term, but successive baskets from Tigers Thalo Green and Darryl McDonald put Melbourne back in touch and closed the gap to 28-27 at quarter-time.

Wildcats guard James Harvey won his early battle with Melbourne legend Andrew Gaze, hitting 10 first quarter points and holding Gaze to just four.

The scores were level three times during the second quarter with Lanard Copeland's proficiency from three-point range keeping his team in step, hitting three in a row.

The Wildcats stepped up the intensity in the last three minutes of the first half to take a seven-point lead into the main break, 60-53.

Copeland started the third quarter with another triple while Gaze kick-started his game with eight points, but the visitors were outscored 24-17 in the third quarter as the Wildcats' lead blew out to 14.

That lead was extended to 17 early in the last quarter as Ronaldson kept firing.

Harvey fouled out with 4.43min left on the clock and his absence left Gaze open to score five unanswered points and reduce the margin to 12.

The Tigers got as close as 11 but by then it was all too late as the Wildcats added to the pain of their Wednesday night loss to the Brisbane Bullets.

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