A final quarter to remember from Bryce Cotton has helped Perth turn a 13-point deficit into an incredible 106-99 play-in qualifier victory, bringing a shell-shocked South East Melbourne’s season to a sudden end.
Thanks largely to Alan Williams, who had a first-half double-double, the Phoenix dominated the first-half rebounds (27-19) and offensive boards (13-5) and, with some help from Gary Browne and Mitch Creek, they wrested back control of the match to lead by a game-high 13 (74-61) late in the quarter on the back of a 10-0 run.
However, just as they looked like they opened a match-winning lead, the Phoenix capitulated spectacularly as the Cotton-inspired Wildcats turned the game on its head to grab a 100-93 lead with 1:16 to go.
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Cotton headed into the final quarter…