Perth Wildcats go right down to Melbourne United ninety three-sixty seven in remaining NBL Blitz hit-out

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Perth Wildcats’ Lucas Walker drives to the basket in NBL Blitz clash against Melbourne United.

An undermanned and weary Perth Wildcats have received a first-hand look at the scoring power of Melbourne United today, losing 93-67 during the NBL Blitz in Victoria today.

Playing their third game in as many days, the Wildcats were again without Matt Knight, Jean-Pierre Tokoto, Angus Brandt and Derek Cooke, while Bryce Cotton didn’t play during the second half. Damian Martin played for 18 minutes but spent the last quarter on the bench.

About Wildcats
The wildcat (Felis silvestris) is a small cat native to most of Africa, Europe, and Southwest and Central Asia into India, western China, and Mongolia. Because of its wide range it is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 2002. However, crossbreeding of wildcat and domestic cat (Felis catus) occurs in particular in Europe and is considered a potential threat for the preservation of the wild species.
The wildcat shows a high degree of geographic variation. Whereas the Asiatic wildcat is spotted, the African wildcat is faintly striped, has short sandy-grey fur, banded legs, red-backed ears and a tapering tail. The European wildcat is striped, has long fur and a bushy tail with a rounded tip, and is larger than a domestic cat.
The wildcat is the ancestor of the domestic cat. Genetic, morphological and archaeological evidence suggests that domestication of Old-World wildcats began approximately 7500 years BCE in the Fertile Crescent region of the Near East. The association of wildcats with humans appears to have developed along with the growth of agricultural villages during the Neolithic Revolution, with wildcats preying on rodents that infested the grain stores of early farmers.
Until 2007, twenty-two subspecies of wildcat were recognised. Since publication of results of a phylogeographical analysis, only five subspecific groups have been suggested, including the Chinese mountain cat.

Perth Wildcats go down to Melbourne United 93-67 in final NBL Blitz hit-out

About Melbourne
Melbourne () is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second-most populous city in Australia and Oceania. The name “Melbourne” covers an urban agglomeration spanning 9,900 km2 (3,800 sq mi), which comprises the broader metropolitan area, as well as being the common name for its city centre. The metropolis is located on the large natural bay of Port Phillip and expands into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon mountain ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. Melbourne consists of 31 municipalities. It has a population of 4,641,636 as of 2016, and its inhabitants are called Melburnians.
Founded by free settlers from the British Crown colony of Van Diemen’s Land on 30 August 1835, in what was then the colony of New South Wales, it was incorporated as a Crown settlement in 1837. It was named “Melbourne” by the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Richard Bourke, in honour of the British Prime Minister of the day, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne. It was officially declared a city by Queen Victoria, to whom Lord Melbourne was close, in 1847, after which it became the capital of the newly founded colony of Victoria in 1851. During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s, it was transformed into one of the world’s largest and wealthiest cities. After the federation of Australia in 1901, it served as the nation’s interim seat of government until 1927. Additionally, it was the host city of the 1956 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Melbourne rates highly in education, entertainment, health care, research and development, tourism and sport, making it the world’s most liveable city—for the seventh year in a row in 2017, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. It is a leading financial centre in the Asia-Pacific region, and ranks among the top 30 cities in the world in the Global Financial Centres Index. Referred to as Australia’s “cultural capital”, it is the birthplace of Australian impressionism, Australian rules football, the Australian film and television industries, and Australian contemporary dance. It is recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature and a major centre for street art, music and theatre. It is home to many of Australia’s largest and oldest cultural institutions such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building.
The main passenger airport serving the metropolis and the state is Melbourne Airport (also called Tullamarine Airport), the second busiest in Australia. The Port of Melbourne is Australia’s busiest seaport for containerised and general cargo. Melbourne has an extensive transport network. The main metropolitan train terminus is Flinders Street Station, and the main regional train and coach terminus is Southern Cross Station. Melbourne is also home to Australia’s most extensive freeway network and has the world’s largest urban tram network.

United couldn’t consider former Wildcats star Casey Prather because of illness while David Andersen also watched from the sidelines.

But Melbourne’s scoring power was on full display. United led by 18 points before Lucas Walker finally opened Perth’s account late in the first quarter.

Perth Wildcats go down to Melbourne United 93-67 in final NBL Blitz hit-out

Lucas Walker made the most of his time on court in the NBL Blitz pre-season tournament. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Lucas Walker made the most of his time on court in the NBL Blitz pre-season tournament. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesPicture: Getty Images

The Wildcats had plenty of early opportunities but missed their first 10 shots.

Dexter Kernich-Drew’s outstanding shooting from the perimeter gave Perth some momentum during the second quarter, but Melbourne still led 54-29 at half-time.

The Wildcats played in country Victoria last night and drove for more than 90 minutes this morning to get to the game. But despite the lack of energy, Kernich-Drew stood up and he finished with 26 points including five three-pointers. Walker scored 13 to continue his strong pre-season.

“The boys had nothing in the tank,” coach Trevor Gleeson said.

“They’ve been playing the last couple of games short handed. Thank god we don’t play three games in three days during the regular season.

Former Wildcats favourite Casey Prather just happened to bump into his old mates in Victoria this morning.

“We’ve got so many out at the moment so the third game was always going to be tough.”

Tai Wesley top-scored for Melbourne with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Josh Boone had 17 points and seven rebounds from 21 minutes while Chris Goulding scored 11 andd David Barlow contributed 14.

The Wildcats have more than a week to recover from the gruelling trip before travelling to Cairns for games on September 21 and 23.