January 06, 2007

Article at Chris on Authory

Fisher happy with win despite at times being poor

PERTH Wildcats coach Scott Fisher was happy with his side’s hard-fought 20-point win over West Sydney, despite playing poorly at times.

“We won by 20, so I’m actually happy with the win,” Fisher said.

“It was a funny game as we were playing some of the best basketball we’ve played all year in certain segments and there were some bad ones. We’re all smarting from the loss to Adelaide and we can’t wait to take them on again.”

Damien Ryan broke the game open late in the game to stretch the margin to 20, while Fisher believes it was Peter Crawford’s best game of the year, collecting 18 points and eight rebounds

“One of the reasons Damien is here is because he can make a play when we need one and that was Pete’s best game of the season,” he said.

“He was active right from the start, under control on the fast break and passed well. If he can get close to that every week, we will be in good shape.”

However, Crawford doesn’t quite agree, largely due to the opposition that has now lost 19 games on the trot.

“They haven’t won a game for two years on the road and everyone has a good game against West Sydney, so I don’t really take that into consideration,” Crawford said.

“If I have good games against Brisbane or Melbourne they are the ones you talk about, but if we were playing Premier League they’d be out of the league.”

With the win and Melbourne’s loss to Adelaide, the Wildcats now sit in second spot with revenge on their mind this Friday night, against an Adelaide team that defeated them on New Years Eve.

“It’s in our own hands now to finish second and don’t have to worry about Melbourne or Brisbane falling over. All we have to do is win the rest of our games and it’s an achievable goal for us.”

West Sydney had their chance to snatch a win midway through the last quarter, an all to familiar situation for coach Cal Bruton.

“We got within four points, but it’s the same scenario for us. We’ve been beating ourselves and keep giving teams a big start,” Bruton said.

“I’d love to give the Wildcats a lot of credit, but a lot of our turnovers were unforced and as a result they got out for some easy baskets.”

Bruton is keen to continue on as coach next season, but has pinpointed the import positions as where the club needs to lift.

“There’s a great opportunity to build a program that can be reputable and I like to go get studs,” he said.

“Right now, we are below the shelf with our imports. I’ve made my intentions known to West Sydney. We are looking at discussing it and locking it down by the middle of this month and hopefully we can come to an agreement and go get two players that will help us get where we need to be.”