Bryce Cotton has produced one of the most extraordinary clutch shots of his extraordinary career to lift the Perth Wildcats to a remarkable overtime victory over New Zealand.
The Wildcats won 104-102 despite trailing by one-point with 6.3 seconds remaining.
He took the ball the length of the court and made a three-pointer as the clock wound down to give his team victory.
Cotton scored 32 points, had nine rebounds and eight assists. His game included 12 points in overtime.
Vic Law was also stunning as he scored 39 points and had seven rebounds. Law’s 21 points in the first half set up the victory.
The win ensured the Wildcats have equalled their best ever interstate record for a 28-game season and will head home for a nine-match home streak perfectly placed to extend their final streak and challenge for top spot.
Their away record is 9-5 and was the fourth time the club had achieved nine wins from 14 away games. But this is the first time since the 2013/14 season.
They have achieved the feat despite playing their 14 games consecutively.
NBA hopeful Hugo Besson threatened to single-handedly take the game away from Perth with a remarkable display of shooting.
Besson scored 17 points during the third quarter just as the Wildcats looked set to pull clear. His sixth three-pointer then gave New Zealand a one-point lead during overtime.
He scored 23 points for the night.
Yanni Wetzell also had a huge game for the Breakers with 17 points and 19 rebounds. Peyton Siva also had a big game with 19 points.
But Cotton’s ability to step up when the game is on the line, combined with Law’s sustained brilliance has made the Wildcats an imposing challenge.
Cotton has repeatedly won big games when the match was on the line throughout his illustrious career, including previously against the Breakers.
Law is the only player in the NBL to score 20 points in the first half multiple times and his 39 point is also the highest tally of any player for the season.
“This is a scary team. they have nine home games to finish off NBL 22. I would hate to face the Perth wildcats,” NBL expert Corey Williams said.
The Wildcats will return to Perth on Tuesday to prepare for Sunday’s re-match against the Breakers.
While the Breakers have struggled this season after being unable to play and live in their own country, they finally had a full strength team together and showed how damaging they can be.
But it was a night where all of Perth’s class stood out as they recorded a remarkable win.