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Wildcats sweating over trio's fitness

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Brad Elborough

Perth Wildcats will monitor the fitness of several key players from Friday night's win over Illawarra Hawks ahead of Sunday's clash with Melbourne. Centre Matt Knight, top scorer Casey Prather and newcomer Andre Ingram all picked up knocks and will be assessed before travelling across the Nullarbor. Both sides go into the game having claimed three consecutive wins after the Cats defeated the Hawks 80-73 and Melbourne defeated Brisbane 78-70 on Thursday. Ingram played more than 20 minutes in his NBL debut, scoring nine points and Cats coach Trevor Gleeson said he had done well considering he only arrived into Perth from the US on Wednesday. "One training run with his time clock still out of whack - trying to learn the offense and defense and I thought he competed real well," Gleeson said. Ingram is known for his shooting ability, with a career average of 45.5 per cent efficiency and an NBA D-League record 583 career three-pointers. On Friday night he dropped three shots from long range from just five attempts. Knight, returning from a shoulder injury, played almost 26 minutes in his first game of the season, while Prather pulled up short with six minutes to go in the final period. Gleeson said he had played Knight much more than he intended to. "I was debating at the start of the fourth, do I start him and then get some rest into him so he can finish the game; it worked that way," he said. "He's a great defender on the block. He's led the team in rebounding again with his first crack out there, so it's good to have that reliable guy there."

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