Ex-Wildcats back to haunt old club
BASKETBALL: Coach Trevor Gleeson has put his Perth Wildcats players on notice to be ready to face a fired-up Jermaine Beal when the Brisbane Bullets arrive in the west for tonight's NBL clash.
Beal was axed by the reigning champions last season after winning two NBL rings with the Wildcats.
Gleeson was hoping Beal and fellow championship winner Tom Jervis, who is also returning to Perth Arena with the Bullets, would get a good welcome from the Wildcats faithful but expected both to be keen to prove a point.
"Jermaine will come in pretty fired up and the same with Tom,” he said.
"We hope they get a great, warm reception before the game.
"But when the game (starts), they're the opposition. They've got a great history with the club. They won two championships.
"We have very fond memories of two great players that helped us for two championships. They both left for different reasons.”
Both teams come in to tonight's game on the back of disappointing losses.
The Bullets were beaten by the Adelaide 36ers, while the Wildcats lost at home to Illawarra, their second home defeat of the season.
Gleeson was furious at the team's poor second quarter and called the team in for extra work, according to forward Matt Knight.
"Monday is meant to be a day off but obviously the way we played on Sunday was not Wildcats basketball,” he said.
"It was probably one of the worst games we've played in a while. So we came in, watched the full game and we learnt from the things we did wrong and what we really need to improve on - especially with two important games coming up this week.
"We've lost our last two, so something needs to change.
"We walked away positive and confident from that film session.
"We've put that game behind us and our full attention is to Brisbane on Thursday.”
The Wildcats are second on the ladder with a 6-5 win-loss record, but bottom-placed Melbourne is not too far away at 5-7.
The Bullets are also 6-5 but have played two fewer home games than the Wildcats.