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Wildcats need to find form, says coach

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/10/2016 Brad Elborough
Trevor Gleeson, coach of the Wildcats addresses his players at a time-out during the round one NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and the Cairns Taipans at Perth Arena on October 8, 2016 in Perth, Australia. © Getty Images Trevor Gleeson, coach of the Wildcats addresses his players at a time-out during the round one NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and the Cairns Taipans at Perth Arena on October 8, 2016 in Perth, Australia.

Despite an inconsistent start to their season, reigning NBL champions, the Perth Wildcats, believe they can emulate the start of last season with a victory over New Zealand in Perth on Friday.

The Breakers return to the Perth Arena for the first time since losing the grand final decider there last season.

And if the Wildcats win, their 2-1 start will be the same as it was at the start of the 2015-16 season.

Perth didn't have the best start to their championship winning campaign, slumping to 6-4 in the first 10 weeks before they kicked into gear to finish the season in second place, with a 18-10 record.

They have not started their title defence in the best of form, losing to the Brisbane Bullets in their first game and then scraping home in overtime against the Cairns Taipans, thanks to a game-tying three-point shot from Jaron Johnson on the buzzer.

But coach Trevor Gleeson said he can see the improvement coming.

"I thought the first couple of weeks would be a test for us because I didn't think we were that cohesive as a unit," he said.

"But I seen some stuff in the last quarter that made me real happy. The guys were working hard defensively to get stops, they were pushing the ball, they were rebounding. That's Wildcats basketball, so we're getting there.

"We're not there yet, but we are certainly working in the right direction."

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