The Perth Wildcats again looked like the league’s top team in the second round of the 2012-13 NBL season with a second straight big win.
In just a four game schedule, the Wildcats put on another classy effort to defeat the Townsville Crocodiles 82-58 in Sunday’s lone game.
The road win was sealed three minutes into the fourth when the visiting Wildcats went on to a 12-2 run on top a seven-point three-quarter-time lead, completing a halftime comeback in which they had committed a ghastly 13 first half turnovers.
Reigning league MVP Kevin Lisch had 20 while the ever dependable Shawn Redhage added 18.
Wollongong won their low scoring Friday night matchup against Cairns 68-58 in a game where both teams combined to shoot just 40 percent from the floor.
The Hawks fought off the Taipans in the fourth thanks to 15 points from Larry Davidson and 14 from Oscar Forman.
After a trashing from Perth in week 1’s 2012 Finals matchup against Perth, New Zealand bounced back to roll the Adelaide 36ers 73-59 at home.
An impressive fourth quarter, in which they came in a point down, same the defending champs poured in an 18-2 run behind a 17-point, seven rebound, seven assist, five steal night from Cedric Jackson. Big man Alex Pledger produced a 15 and 10 double-double.
The Breakers dominated the paint; they pulled in 19 offensive boards and outscored the 36ers 42-26 inside.
Game of the round was easily the Sydney-Melbourne nail biter. The Kings held on at home for a 85-82 win after some clutch play of quick point guard Corin Henry.
Henry’s 23, including four steals and a number of big time shots down the stretch, saved a relentless Melbourne who stuck around the entire game.
Darnell Lazare (23 points and 13 rebounds) buried four free throws in the final 11 seconds to save the Kings.
Ex-Wildcat Liam Rush had 15 points for the visitors.
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