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Defence and rebounding keys to Wildcats victory

The Perth Wildcats train for their Friday night Grand Final match. Photo: Jenelle Miles

Perth Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleeson says the team has taken a hard look at its loss to Melbourne United in Game Two of the NBL Grand Final series.

“We were disappointed with how we played that second half in Melbourne,” he said. “Our feet weren’t moving, our defence was average, we just let them pass the ball around, we aren’t going to win doing that.

“We’ve got to get ourselves in and play great defence to get a win against a really good team.”

Gleeson said the team had tinkered with training this week to help players stick to the game plan for tomorrow’s game at RAC Arena.

“It’s getting back to playing defence, getting on the same wavelength and rebounding the ball, that’s a big focus for us,” Gleeson said.

He said he was confident his team would get the job done, as long as they had the desire to get the ball and were aggressive on defence.

“Friday night is going to be a cracker,” he said.

“You’ve got two teams really in form and some great players out there and we can’t wait to get out there.”

Game four will be held in Melbourne on Sunday, before a deciding fifth game in Perth next week, if required.

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