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Randle's 40 points can't save 36ers in NBL

AAP logoAAP 5/11/2016 Brad Elborough

Jerome Randle ignited the Adelaide 36ers with a season-high 40 points but it wasn't enough as Perth held on for a 106-103 NBL win on Saturday night.

However, the victory may have come at a heavy cost, with Wildcats skipper Damian Martin leaving the court in the second half with a lower leg injury after a collision with 36ers guard Brendan Teys.

When Jaron Johnson hit a half-court buzzer-beater to bank a 16-point half-time lead, the Wildcats were cruising at Perth Arena, but Randle was hot in the second half to come within a whisker of pulling off a memorable comeback.

Randle's ninth assist had the 36ers leading by one point with just 23 seconds to go, but the Wildcats composed themselves to earn their 10th consecutive home victory.

The 29-year-old American import was right in the thick of the action with 11 seconds remaining when he was controversially called for a charge against Wildcats centre Matt Knight that ended Adelaide's charge.

Randle made the most of the injury to defensive gun Martin and while being booed by the hostile West Australian crowd, scored 23 points in the second half while the Perth captain sat on the sidelines.

Martin played only 12 minutes in his first game back after fracturing his jaw less than two weeks ago and received some close attention in the time he spent on the court.

Not for the first time this season the Wildcats gave up a comfortable lead - 18 points this time - only to find themselves in a scrap in the dying minutes.

Adelaide's job was always going to be tough though when two-time NBL leading rebounder Daniel Johnson pulled out of the game due to a hamstring injury.

And the Wildcats made the most of his absence.

They finished with a 49-34 advantage in rebounds, including 25 offensive boards, led by import Jameel McKay.

Casey Prather top scored for the Cats with 28 points, while Jaron Johnson made a remarkable comeback to Perth Arena with 20.

Johnson played his last game in Perth in round two before he was let go and replaced by Andre Ingrams.

However, Ingram played only two games before he quit to return to the US and Johnson was recalled.

He was hot from long range on Saturday night with six three-pointers.

Adelaide coach Joey Wright highlighted Randle's performance as something special.

"You guys aren't going to see too many performances like (Randle's) in the NBL ever" he said.

"I'd love to see that play again; I won't call it a charge.

"We were obviously undermanned and in positions where they could hurt us. We were undermanned at those bigs, in those four and five spots, and they dominated us on the boards. I think that was the difference at the end."

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