Beveridge wants Wildcats to regain swagger
Beveridge wants Wildcats to regain swagger

The last time the Perth Wildcats lost four consecutive games Scott Fisher was head coach, Tony Ronaldson the captain and John Howard was running the country.

Shawn Redhage had just joined the club, but none of the other current players were even on the radar.

It was late 2005 and the Wildcats were limping towards a disappointing 16-16 split for the 2005-06 regular season.

Fisher would see out just one more campaign before handing over the reins to Conner Henry.

The Cats were based at a decaying Perry Lakes basketball facility and playing in front of small crowds at Challenge Stadium.

It seems like a lifetime ago, with the Wildcats now training and playing out of new venues that cost a combined $600 million to build.

But despite their newfound prosperity, the prospect of a fourth consecutive loss is staring the club in the face again.

Attempting to inflict defeat on their rivals at Perth Arena on Thursday will be reigning champions New Zealand.

The Breakers lost to the Wildcats in round one but have since strung together a league-best seven successive wins to storm to the top of the ladder.

They will arrive in WA knowing the Wildcats are under pressure after blowing the club's Arena debut with a horrible shooting display against Adelaide last Friday night.

"We've got a lot of pressure with this club to perform every single game but we understand that," Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge said.

"Why have we been good in the past and not now? Well, right now I think we are a little bit anxious with the way we're playing.

"We've just got to really relax and chill out a lot."

Beveridge recruited a team of young guns when he arrived at the club in 2009 but is yet to see them reach their potential or the level of consistency required for a sustained period of success.

After last Friday's defeat, Beveridge challenged players to "man up" and rediscover the confidence that led them to three straight wins at the start of the season.

"We have the team that can win a championship," Beveridge said.

"I have absolutely no doubt that when we play with a swagger and we play up-tempo Wildcats basketball, relentless and committed the whole time, we are so good."

Wildcats forward Greg Hire needed stitches to a cut above his right eye after a collision with Boomers guard Adam Gibson during the loss to Adelaide.

The West Australian

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