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Wildcats keep top spot over blaze

AN on-fire Jesse Wagstaff ensured the Perth Wildcats maintained top spot on the NBL ladder with an emphatic 92-80 win over Gold Coast at Challenge Stadium on Friday.

Wagstaff continued his recent hot run of form with 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting in just under 22 minutes to lead a Wildcats team that took control after a tight first quarter.

That improves Perth to a 12-5 record, while the Blaze now sit on a 6-8 record and have a short turnaround before facing Melbourne at The Cage on Sunday.

While both Perth's Matt Knight and Gold Coast's James Harvey were late withdrawals with calf injuries, the Blaze suffered another blow late in the first quarter when Chris Goulding hurt his knee in a collision with Greg Hire.

The former Wildcat had started in place of Harvey and had four early points, but took no further part after he was helped from the court with just over a minute to go in the opening period.

Read the full match report at the NBL website.



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