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Perth Wildcats thrashed by Sydney Kings in NBL as records tumble at RAC Arena

Perth Wildcats coach Scott Morrison believes Saturday’s thumping loss to Sydney Kings proves his team isn’t as talented as either its record suggests or many people may think.

The Kings shattered records during the 102-80 victory at RAC Arena after destroying Perth from the opening quarter.

They produced the highest ever quarter-time score (35) and half-time score (64) by a visiting team at RAC Arena. That led to record deficits for the Wildcats at the venue – 21 points at quarter-time and 25 points at the long break.

Sydney’s 22-point winning margin was the second largest by any team at RAC Arena, and the club’s second-largest ever against Perth at any WA venue.

Having also lost to Tasmania on Thursday, Morrison said it was time for everyone to face reality..

“We got our butts kicked. That was pretty obvious,” Morrison said.

“Everyone made some mistakes including myself. I think our team needs to realise that perhaps we’re not as talented as some people would like to think or that our record stated before this weekend.

“We have to really approach the game like we’re the underdogs. By that I mean, putting more emphasis on execution and our effort and our connectivity on defence especially to try to be the most efficient team possible.”

The loss saw Perth slip to third position as Sydney’s nine-game winning streak lifted them into the top two.

Five Sydney players scored in double-figures, they shot at 50 per cent from the perimeter and won the rebounding by 10.

Bryce Cotton and Luke Travers both scored 20 points for the Wildcats and Vic Law finished with 16 pints and 10 rebounds. But with their next match against ladder leaders Mebourne on April 4, Morrison said the squad was having tough conversations.

“We talked,” Morrison said.

“Lets face it everyone in there is disappointed. Everyone is dejected. Everyone is down. I’m not sure it’s a bad thing because we’ve got to change our behaviours.

“If you think everything is just a one-off situation then you’re probably not going to make an effort to change. It’s probably good if it hurts a little bit. It should hurt.

“These guys kicked our butts two out of three times and we’re in there talking about what our goals should be. We’re a long way from reaching those goals playing how we’re playing.

“We really got outworked and executed four games straight, we just got lucky to win a couple of them.”

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