When Perth Wildcats coach Rod Beveridge said his team didn’t get beaten by the Breakers but by Kirk Penney on Sunday, it seemed harsh. The implication being that the rest of the Breakers may as well have grabbed some Gatorade and a spot on the pine, while Penney poured in 38 points.
Consider the following: big man Mika Vukona hauled in 10 rebounds, a block and a steal in Game two of the semi. His frontcourt counterpart Gary Wilkinson posted 13 points, six boards and a block. He also shot more than 50% from the floor – hardly along for the ride.
Point guard Kevin Braswell handed out five assists and tallied 16 points at a solid 40% clip. Braswell’s fine work in just 28 minutes of play shouldn’t be easily dismissed either.
But that’s what a good coach will do – convince his deflated squad that Penney beat them on a fortunate offensive night. The kind of night where timely three-pointers land and fouls were called on almost every drive (Penney shot 20 foul shots on the night). He’ll likely tell them this won’t happen again.
Good luck Rod.
With a capacity crowd anticipated at the North Shore Events Centre this Wednesday, why would you expect any less from the New Zealand captain?