Bryce and JP show way

Hills Gazette - - SPORT - with Greg Hire

AT var­i­ous points dur­ing a sea­son you will be tested; whether that be from hec­tic sched­ules, in­juries or other chal­lenges that come out of nowhere.

There are also times a team will be scru­ti­nised in the way they re­spond af­ter dis­ap­point­ing re­sults.

It was ob­vi­ous our 21point loss against Cairns was dis­mal, so to see our team re­spond the way it did against Illawarra with a 31-point vic­tory at Perth Arena last Thurs­day was def­i­nitely pleas­ing.

There were great con­tri­bu­tions across the board but the two that stood out were Bryce Cot­ton and JP Tokoto.

The stan­dard to which Bryce holds him­self is absurd and I mean that in a pos­i­tive way.

It would be hard to ar­gue his ear­lier games against Mel­bourne and Cairns were not of a high stan­dard but he was ex­tremely hard on him­self and felt like he needed to im­prove.

That’s ex­actly what he did – he was ex­cep­tional and is one of those rare tal­ents with whom it is a priv­i­lege to share the court.

An­other spe­cial per­for­mance was that of Tokoto.

It’s easy to no­tice his of­fen­sive an­tics, but it is what he does on the de­fen­sive end that is spe­cial.

He came away from the game with six steals, while im­pos­ing him­self on the con­test with his pes­ter­ing and de­flec­tions of op­po­si­tion passes.

His hus­tle is be­com­ing a huge force in our game plan.

We play Syd­ney at Perth Arena to­mor­row night and ex­pect a de­ter­mined Kings out­fit.

We need to again play four con­sis­tent quar­ters and walk away know­ing we up­held the Perth Wild­cats val­ues.

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