Wildcats shut down by Bullets
Perth Wildcats have suffered a second straight loss on the road, falling to Brisbane Bullets by 12 points at Nissan Arena today.
The visitors barely led during the contest, trailing by eight points at quarter time and unable to build momentum at any stage during the match.
Bullets import Lamar Patterson had double figure points in the first quarter as the Wildcats struggled to quell his impact, while big man Matt Hodgson was dynamic under the basket as he added nine points of his own.
The second quarter was a more even affair, but Brisbane again pulled away to lead by 5 at the half thanks to Nathan Sobey's clutch basket just before the buzzer.
Jason Cadee was shooting the lights out from beyond the arc for the home team, with four three pointers at the half.
Having failed to register a point in the opening half Terrico White began to find his feet in the third, but the Bullets held firm with young gun Will Magnay coming up with some big plays at both ends of the floor.
There was no comeback in the last, as Patterson finished the contest with 35 points to be the star player of the match, the Wildcats unable to make any imprint as their wait for a win in the new year of 2020 continues.
Bryce Cotton led the way with 24 points, Nick Kay with 18 and Dario Hunt 12 for Perth, while Hodgson and Sobey added 17 points each for Brisbane to complement Patterson's dominant display.
Trevor Gleeson's side are on the road again in round 15, playing Illawarra on Friday night in Wollongong, while the Bullets push for a finals berth continues as they head to Spark Arena in Auckland to play New Zealand Breakers.
BRISBANE 87 (Patterson 35, Sobey 17, Hodgson 17)
PERTH 75 (Cotton 24, Kay 18, Hunt 12)
IMAGE: Brisbane Bullets website.