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Perth Wildcats vs Illawarra Hawks: NBL Grand Final Game 1 live scores, blog

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26th February, 2017

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Perth Wildcats vs Illawarra Hawks

2016/17 NBL grand final series, Game 1, 26 February 2017

Perth Arena, Perth, WA
Perth Wildcats Illawarra Hawks
89 SCORE 77
21 Q1 26
21 Q2 16
26 Q3 20
21 Q4 15
Where: Perth Arena
When: 7:00pm AEDT 26th February.
TV: Fox Sports

Perth Wildcats
Point guard: Damian Martin
Shooting guard: Bryce Cotton
Small forward: Casey Prather
Power forward: Matty Knight
Centre: Jameel McKay
Bench: Greg Hire, Jarrod Kenny, Shawn Redhage, Jesse Wagstaff, Dexter Kernrich-Drew, Angus Brandt, Corban Wroe

Illawarra Hawks
Point guard: Mitch Norton
Shooting guard: Marvelle Harris
Small forward: Kevin White
Power forward: Nick Kay
Centre: AJ Ogilvy
Bench: Rotnei Clarke, Tim Coenraad, Cody Ellis, Oscar Forman, Michael Hollyfield, Rhys Martin (c)

Betting
Perth Wildcats $1.42
Illawarra Hawks $2.90

Last time they played
Win Stadium in Round 13
Illawarra Hawks 87
Perth Wildcats 95

Series break down
Game 1: Sunday, February 26 (7pm AEDT – 4pm local) at Perth Arena
Game 2: Wednesday, March 1 (7:30pm AEDT) at WIN Entertainment Centre
Game 3: Sunday, March 5 (3pm AEDT – 12pm local) at Perth Arena
Game 4*: Friday, March 10 (7:30pm AEDT) at WIN Entertainment Centre
Game 5*: Sunday, March 12 (7pm AEDT – 4pm local) at Perth Arena
* If needed
Casey Prather of the Perth Wildcats.
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Match result:

A man of the match performance from Casey Prather has led the Perth Wildcats to a 1-0 lead in the 2016-17 NBL grand final series over the Illawarra Hawks recording a 12-point victory at the Perth Arena.

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Final score
Perth Wildcats 89
Illawarra Hawks 77

Match preview:

In what has been one of the best NBL seasons in recent memory just two teams remain. The Perth Wildcats and Illawarra Hawks will battle it out to be crowned the 2016-2017 NBL champions. Join The Roar for live scores from the match and a live blog of Game 1, starting from 7pm AEDT.

Perth are looking to go back to back as champs after beating the New Zealand Breakers last year. Illawarra are in their first championship series in seven years, where they again faced the Perth Wildcats.

Perth steamrolled the Cairns Taipans in their semi-final series, sweeping the three-game series 2-0. Illawarra needed all three games to overcome the minor premiers Adelaide 2-1.

Damien Martyn will be the Perth player to watch with his elite defensive skills he will look to lock down Rotnei Clarke as best he can.

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Illawarra will be hoping that AJ Ogilvy is healthy after he left the Hawks previous match early in the first quarter, Perth has a couple of talented big men and without Ogilvy it will make it very difficult for the Hawks to get the win.

Illawarra will have just a three-day break while the Wildcats are well rested after a six-day break.

Amazingly after being in the position of almost missing finals and ultimately finishing third, the dominos have quickly fallen in Perth’s favour to give them a home advantage in this series.

While the Wildcats are well-rested, the Hawks have had a chance to keep playing games and this can often be a blessing in disguise.

However, the quick turnaround and the trip across Australia may prove too much for the Hawks in the opening game.

Prediction
Wildcats 9 points.

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