Honour for second best Redhage
Shawn Redhage puts up a shot against Melbourne at Perth Arena last Thursday night. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Perth Wildcats captain Shawn Redhage expressed surprise at winning the latest NBL Player of the Week award, admitting he felt he wasn't even the best player on his own team in round 20.

Redhage top-scored for the Wildcats in wins over Melbourne and Sydney, averaging 20 points a game.

He made a season-high four three-pointers on Sunday against the Kings, while shooting at an impressive 54 per cent from the field.

Guard Damian Martin's statistics weren't as impressive, but Redhage said his co-captain's influence was immeasurable on the defensive end.

"He was pretty outstanding in those games, especially defensively," Redhage said.

"He's one of the few players in the league who can change a game on the defensive end.

"Especially in the Melbourne game against Jonny Flynn, he was inspirational."

Redhage isn't the scoring machine he once was but has learnt to play a role within a more balanced team over the past two years under coach Rob Beveridge.

He said having stars like Matt Knight and Kevin Lisch playing alongside him had played a big part in his own more recent success.

"It makes it easier when guys are double-teaming Kevin all over the place and it seems to open things up," Redhage said.

"I think with our team it's kind of pick your poison. If they want to try to stop Kev, you've got Matty and myself, Jesse (Wagstaff) and Damo (Martin) who can light it up as well.

"We're playing really good as a team and it's fun to play like that at the moment."

The Wildcats will be looking to keep piling pressure on top team New Zealand when they aim for a seventh straight win this week.

They take on sixth-placed Cairns away from home and see it as a big task despite the Taipans struggling to stay in touch with the top four.

"Playing in Cairns, it's a tough environment to win even if they're not having the greatest season," Redhage said.

Wildcats swingman Cameron Tovey is expected to play against the Taipans after being rested against Sydney on Sunday.

Tovey missed a month with a hip injury but returned against Melbourne last week before sitting out against the Kings.

The West Australian

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