Perth Wildcats import Vic Law’s purple patch of form has risen to another level, with the American’s domination a key to the Wildcats extending their winning run to four games in a row.
Law scored 24 points and had eight rebounds during Perth’s 95-83 win over Brisbane, taking his average from the past five matches to 21.4 points and 11.6 rebounds.
Coach Scott Morrison moved Law into the centre position to start the game as the team focused on utilising the athleticism of their smaller line-up. Morrison said Law’s work against taller players had been vital.
“Especially his rebounding,” Morrison said.
“We really needed a boost on the glass. We got out-rebounded tonight but it was a better effort than we’ve been having over a lot of games.
“Just thinking back to that game on Thursday night, I thought Vic’s rebounding in the second half was a big key for us to holding them off.
“It was the same thing (in both games). He goes up with the giants and guys who are lot bigger than him and comes down with a lot o 50-50 rebounds. That keeps us in games.
“I thought he made some great reads offensively. When you have the power to draw help and double coverages, you’ve got to have the responsibility to make the right play. He’s been doing that all season.”
The Wildcats set up with the win with a sensational third quarter, outscoring Brisbane 26-8. That was the lowest tally scored by any team in any quarter against the Wildcats for the season.
That effort turned a five-point deficit at half-time into a 13-point lead with one quarter remaining.
Bryce Cotton scored 22 points, Todd Blanchfield contributed 13 and Mitch Norton continued his strong form with 12.
Import Michael Frazier II ended his three game streak without a basket by scoring nine points after returning to the starting five.
Morrison was thrilled with the third quarter but unhappy about the way his team started.
“I was really happy with the third quarter. That was probably one of our better defensive quarters of the season. Unfortunately we needed that to get back in the game,” he said.
“I didn’t think we came out ready to play. We made some mistakes with effort in the first half which are inexcusable. It’s one thing to make mistakes in execution but you can’t make effort mistakes. I got on the guys a little bit but they got on themselves.”