NBL's 36ers play for fouls: Wildcats coach


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Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson has accused the Adelaide 36ers of "accentuating" contact in order to draw fouls, and says his team may need to follow suit with their NBL title defence on the line on Friday.

The Wildcats are 1-0 down in their best-of-three semifinal series against Adelaide after copping an embarrassing 109-74 defeat in game one in Adelaide.

The 36ers were awarded 30 free-throws in that match, compared to the Wildcats' 18.

It continued a theme that has occurred all season, with Adelaide topping the league for free-throws awarded (27.2).

The next best team were the Illawarra Hawks with 21.5, while Perth ranked fourth with 20.5 free-throws per game.

"They do a really good job of accentuating the contact," Gleeson said on Thursday.

"They're masters at it. They lead the league in foul shooting. I think they've had 200 more foul shots than any other team in the league through the regular season.

"And again, it was pretty lop-sided in game one.

"We've got to be careful how we play that. If the refs are calling it, we've got to be smarter.

"We can take a leaf out of their book and start over-emphasising the contact as well."


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Gleeson is backing his team to return to form in Friday's second semifinal clash with Adelaide at Perth Arena.

If they lose that match, their hopes of a third straight title are over.