Rampant Redhage turns back the clock
Rampant Redhage turns back the clock

In a game where the Perth Wildcats turned back the clock as part of NBL Heritage Round, veteran Shawn Redhage last night gave the league a reminder of his own glory days.

Redhage delivered an outstanding performance in his side's 86-64 win over Cairns at Perth Arena.

Redhage finished with 26 points and seven rebounds and played a key role in the first half when the game was up for grabs.

Cairns import Shane Edwards capitalised on a Kevin Lisch turnover to tie the game at 30-30 with a breakaway dunk midway through the second period, but it was all Perth from there.

Wearing replicas of the original yellow and black Westate Wildcats uniforms, the home side went on a 20-2 run before half-time and entered the main break with an 18-point advantage.

They were never seriously chall- enged in the second half.

Redhage (17) and Matt Knight (13) combined for 30 points in the first half despite carrying a heavier workload in the absence of Jesse Wagstaff (foot).

Redhage was superb in his best game of the season and registered his highest single-game points tally since suffering a serious hip injury two years ago.

"It's heritage week so I had to try and bring back some of my younger self," Redhage said.

"I was pleased with the way I played and the way I trained during the week. Without Jesse, I had to try and step up and carry some of the load that he carries week in and week out."

Former Wildcats big man Alex Loughton scored 16 points for Cairns, while American duo Edwards and Jamar Wilson added 15 each.

New Zealand international Everard Bartlett came off the bench to deliver a career-high 16 points for the Wildcats, while Knight did plenty of grunt work down low and finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Since returning from a torn calf a fortnight ago, Knight has played a big role in three successive Wildcats wins.

Meanwhile, former Adelaide 36ers guard Rhys Carter arrived in Perth last night and has agreed to terms with the Wildcats.

Carter, 29, is expected to sign a short-term contract in the coming days, tying him to the Wildcats until the end of the season.

The West Australian

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