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Wildcats put it down as a learning experience
Jesse Wagstaff. Pic: Getty Images

The Perth Wildcats will go back to the drawing board this week in a bid to rediscover their defensive mojo but will not dwell on Sunday's heavy defeat to Wollongong.

The Wildcats were thrashed 100-67 in their biggest loss since Rob Beveridge took over as head coach more than three years ago.

The result ended their unbeaten run for the season.

Forward Jesse Wagstaff was one of few Wildcats to stand tall during a Hawks onslaught in the first half but fouled out well before the end of the game.

Wagstaff, who made his debut in 2009, admitted it was one of the worst losses in his time at the club, but looked to put a positive spin on the result.

"In the long run it can probably be a good thing," Wagstaff said. "I think you learn more from your losses than you do from your wins so hopefully the guys learn from it, move on and prepare for Adelaide this week."

The Wildcats are generally regarded as the best defensive team in the league but let their guard down against Wollongong.

The Hawks ran rampant in the first period, shooting at 76 per cent from the field to score 38 points.

It was the most points the Wildcats had conceded in a single quarter since periods were reduced to 10 minutes three years ago.

The West Australian

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