Perth Wildcats nab two-point win over Adelaide 36ers in Bunbury

Following their six-point loss to the Adelaide 36ers in Mandurah last week, the Perth Wildcats were eager to make amends.

Both teams travelled to Bunbury for the second of their three pre-season games.

On Friday, the region's basketball fans converged upon the South West Sports Centre to catch some of their favourite players in action.

Spurred on by coach Trevor Gleeson, the Perth side recovered from a sluggish start to claim a decisive lead during the opening term.

Adelaide's Daniel Johnson (15 points) showcased his skills, before Wildcats stars Rhys Vague (20) and Dario Hunt (19) hit their stride.

The pair worked to put the reigning National Basketball League premiers ahead by eight at quarter time.

Refusing to back down, Adelaide re-claimed the lead midway through the second term.

In front by just two points at the main break, the Wildcats needed to re-group in order to claim victory.

The 36ers, however, rallied to secure a 73 to 72 lead at three quarter time.

Helped by a blistering run from Adelaide centre Harry Froling (27), the visitors extended their margin in the fourth term.

Both teams drew level (98-98) in the final stages, before Jesse Wagstaff (12) gifted the Wildcats with an emphatic 100 to 98 win.

"It was an outstanding effort from the boys," Gleeson said.

"The crowd got behind us and helped us to get over the line. Hopefully, we can come back to Bunbury next year."

The team visited several locations throughout Bunbury, including the Dolphin Discovery Centre, on Thursday.

Wildcats Mitch Norton and Nic Pozoglou joined Lynx stars Marena Whittle and Alison Schwagmeyer at Bunbury Primary School.

After participating in a Q and A session, the four led a training session with some of the students.

The Wildcats then returned to the South West Sports Centre for a junior skills clinic on Saturday morning.

"We are the Perth Wildcats, but we represent the whole of Western Australia," Wagstaff said.

"Wherever we go, we are always well supported. I think the WA community is incredible."

City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan, who also attended the game, praised the Wildcats for their efforts.

The team is now gearing up for its showdown with the Illawarra Hawks on Friday, September 20.