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Friday, 8 March 2019

United bruised and battered in Game 1 loss


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The Perth Wildcats have stunned the reigning NBL champions Melbourne United with a stunning second-half shooting effort in Game 1 of the Grand Final series.

After both sides suffered through a slow-shooting first half, Perth exploded in the third quarter, outscoring United 31-14 to finish 81-71 winners at RAC Arena.

The game began with both teams amping up the intensity on the defensive end and United went into the main break with a four-point lead courtesy of a Chris Goulding three at the buzzer.

However, the Wildcats canned the majority of their 10 three-pointers in a dominant second half, led by Terrico White who finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists on an efficient 8-of-15 shooting clip.

Terrico White

Perhaps the biggest worry for United will be the fact that Perth played well with superstar guard Bryce Cotton struggling through a 4-of-16 shooting night.

For United, Casper Ware led the scoring with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists but had five turnovers, while Chris Goulding shot an inefficient 4-of-13 from the field.

The reigning champions will also be concerned about the health of American forward DJ Kennedy after he was helped off the court following a first half clash.

Kennedy returned after the main break but was largely ineffective in the second half, scoring just three of his 11 points after being floored.

The series will now shift to Hisense Arena in Melbourne for Game 2 on Sunday afternoon in what looms as a virtual must-win game for United.

The Perth Wildcats have stunned the reigning NBL champions Melbourne United with a stunning second-half shooting effort in Game 1 of the Grand Final series.

After both sides suffered through a slow-shooting first half, Perth exploded in the third quarter, outscoring United 31-14 to finish 81-71 winners at RAC Arena.

The game began with both teams amping up the intensity on the defensive end and United went into the main break with a four-point lead courtesy of a Chris Goulding three at the buzzer.

However, the Wildcats canned the majority of their 10 three-pointers in a dominant second half, led by Terrico White who finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists on an efficient 8-of-15 shooting clip.

Terrico White

Perhaps the biggest worry for United will be the fact that Perth played well with superstar guard Bryce Cotton struggling through a 4-of-16 shooting night.

For United, Casper Ware led the scoring with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists but had five turnovers, while Chris Goulding shot an inefficient 4-of-13 from the field.

The reigning champions will also be concerned about the health of American forward DJ Kennedy after he was helped off the court following a first half clash.

Kennedy returned after the main break but was largely ineffective in the second half, scoring just three of his 11 points after being floored.

The series will now shift to Hisense Arena in Melbourne for Game 2 on Sunday afternoon in what looms as a virtual must-win game for United.

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