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NBL Grand Final: Perth Wildcats win Melbourne 96-67



Terrico White, of Perth's Wildcats, said he looked like a giant garbage can, scoring 31 points against Melbourne United (31 points) tonight.

Wildcats ended with a single victory at the historic Ninth NBL Championship, defeating Melbourne 96-67 at the RAC Arena.

White was the second Grand Finals winner of the season and changed the game to 17 points in the third quarter. He scored seven 3-point shots at night, breaking Melbourne's mind and receiving seven rebounds.

"If I feel it, the basket feels like a big garbage can," White said.

"It felt that way."

White also scored 19 points in the opening game. The Americans joined the Wildcats after winning the basketball league MVP award, and his recruitment was the main character thanks to his great playing experience.

Bryce Cotton influenced six assists in the third quarter. Cotton escaped the Casperware clutch and finished with 16 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 blocking shot on another sneaky screen.

Manchester United has made an enormous effort to stop cotton throughout the series, but coach Dean Vickerman said he had to worry about how White should evolve.

"Every game was the best player," Becker said.

Clint Steindl had a huge sequence of stolen and assists three times in the first period of Game 3.

Clint Steindl had a huge sequence of stolen and assists three times in the first period of Game 3.

"Tonight he was excellent, he was in great shape, his catch and the three balls in sight, we have a good job in Bryce, and we can not say he showed a decent appearance in the series.

"Now Terrico has been a success and a big part of his success. We have not worked in Terrico and we need to treat him better."

When the visiting club fell in the third quarter, the first two grand finale trends continued.

Melbourne's three-point shooting game has dried up. Wildcats shot 14 times during the night, but only sank four times in 27 attempts.

Both David Barlow and DJ Kennedy got 13 points in United and Ware got 10 points. Kennedy also had nine rebounds to continue his strong series.

Angus Brant takes the Bryce Cotton feed and completes the style on the border.

Angus Brant takes the Bryce Cotton feed and completes the style on the border.

Wildcats coach Travor Gleeson praised captain Damian Martin for his praise of Ware.

"We had excellent defense, it was vintage Damo," he said.

"That's why he is a six-time defensive player of the year, he has a fantastic defensive lead, I knew everyone was living on the same wavelength, and we got our energy in defense."

The Wildcats will find that they will return to Victoria tomorrow to win the trophy when they win Sunday's game at the Melbourne Arena.


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