The short-term future of NZ Breakers recruit Glen Rice Jnr is in doubt after being stood down by Basketball Australia and missing their 11-point NBL loss to the Wildcats in Perth.
The home team were too strong on Sunday, winning 88-77 at RAC Arena.
Rice had been in Perth, preparing to play, when news of his exclusion from the Round 7 clash came through.
It follows a mid-week incident in an Auckland bar, resulting in the former NBA player's arrest and referral to Basketball Australia's integrity unit.
The Breakers could have used the firepower of Rice, who had averaged 22.5 points in two games since joining the Breakers as an injury replacement for fellow import Scotty Hopson.
Reigning premiers Perth enjoyed being back at home after five consecutive games on the road including Friday's win in Adelaide.
Bryce Cotton was on fire from the opening tip-off, scoring the first nine points for the Wildcats on his way to a game-high 34.
Nick Kay had an attacking game to forgot, but was again solid on the boards.
The Breakers' early resistance was led by Brandon Ashley who fouled out of the game midway through the final term with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Corey Webster dropped 11 of his 23 points in the third term to keep the visitors in the contest. They went into the final quarter just five points down, having trailed by 12 at halftime.
Some sharp shooting from Cats veteran Jesse Wagstaff early in the fourth kept the hosts in charge.
Perth head back on the road to face Cairns on Saturday, while the Breakers have to regroup for their clash with the 36ers in Adelaide, also on Saturday.