The Perth Wildcats have brought the Cairns Taipans’ unbeaten start to the NBL season to a screeching halt after an avalanche of long-range baskets in the opening half laid the platform for a comprehensive 105-76 victory.
The Wildcats drilled 12-of-24 three-point attempts in the first half of Monday night’s clash at Cairns Convention Centre before going on to set a franchise record for three-pointers in a road game with 18.
Todd Blanchfield celebrated his 350th national league game in fine style with five triples as the visitors took an emphatic 60-37 lead into the main break then held focus at the defensive end to close out the win despite the absence of recruits TaShawn Thomas and Corey Webster.
Perth joins reigning champions Sydney Kings with a perfect 3-0 record after two rounds of the regular season.
Bryce Cotton paced the Wildcats with 24 points and seven rebounds, Mitch Norton (16…