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Knight relishes tall order
Knight relishes tall order

Perth Wildcats centre Matt Knight will look to stretch the Adelaide 36ers tomorrow by testing opposite number Luke Schenscher's fitness and physicality at Adelaide Arena.

Knight has been one of the more effective NBL big men this season and is expected to challenge for MVP honours if he stays fit.

He will concede 12cm to Schenscher but the Wildcats will back their star to outrun and out- muscle his opponent.

"Schenscher's got an advantage with height but we've got an advantage with our mobility," coach Rob Beveridge said.

"Matty has been playing great basketball and he physically is just a beast. Whether Schenscher can handle his physicality, time will tell.

"With Matty's mobility, the way he gets up and down the floor, we want to try to make Schenscher play some defence."

Schenscher is one of two members of the 2010 Wildcats champ- ionship team now playing for Adelaide.

Swingman Stephen Weigh is in his second year with the Sixers and leads the league in three-point shooting this season with 12 successful attempts at 63 per cent.

"We can't let them get off the leash and get open shots," Beveridge said. "We know what their strengths are and we've got to minimise that."

The Wildcats seek redemption tomorrow after copping a 33-point hiding from Wollongong last week. It was Beveridge's second-heaviest defeat as a coach and his worst since he moved to Perth in 2009.

He described the performance as "unacceptable".

"It was one of the most horrible experiences I've been through as a coach, just trying to plug so many holes and, to an extent, losing control of the situation," Beveridge said. "From my perspective it was probably the worst loss I've ever had."

Co-captain Brad Robbins conceded it was a "wake-up call" for the team.

Beveridge hoped his players would be focused on tomorrow's game and not next week; when they are due to play their first game at Perth Arena.

The whole club is buzzing about the move to the new $550 million venue, leaving the team open to potential distractions.

"If that's the case, that's an issue for us," Beveridge said.

"We were hurt pretty bad the other day (against Wollongong) and we put on a dismal performance.

"Training this week has been pretty good and they're thinking about redeeming themselves this week rather than next week."

Reigning league MVP Kevin Lisch had a day off earlier in the week and is battling soreness but will play against Adelaide.

·Perth legal figure and Basketball WA chairwoman Libby Woods has been appointed as the new head of the NBL Tribunal. The position was vacated by Scott Derwin, who has assumed the role of Basketball Australia chairman.

From my perspective it was probably the worst loss I've ever had."Rob Beveridge

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