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The Wildcats won't compete in the NBL finals

The Perth Wildcats season is over bringing to an end a reign of 35 consecutive finals campaigns.

It took an overtime 102-100 thriller against South East Melbourne Phoenix to dislodge Perth from finals and finish fifth on the NBL ladder.

Perth had their opportunities to put the game away during the first half breaking the game apart to nine-point leads twice but were unable to further the advantage from there.

The Phoenix had almost put the game beyond the reach of the Wildcats during the final quarter leading by six points with less than three minutes of the clock.

Bryce Cotton tied the scores with just over 22 seconds left on the clock but the Phoenix shot on target fell short.

The lead changed hands several times during overtime but it was the away team who walked away victors.

Coach Scott Morrison said post-game he apologised to the Wildcats fans that they didn't meet their expectations.

"We won't forget the support that you gave us and me personally, for giving me a chance. Things will be improved for next season. I can promise you that."

Bryce Cotton finished with 28-points while Michael Frazier scored 22-points.

Melbourne United and Tasmania Jackjumpers will do battle in the semi-final series.



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