KO’d Cat to return against Taipans
PERTH forward Matt Knight, carried unconscious from the court in Townsville three days ago, is expected to be back in action for the Wildcats’ crucial NBL clash with Cairns next weekend.
Knight suffered concussion in a nasty fall – he slammed into the court headfirst – during Perth’s loss at The Swamp on Friday.
He was stretchered off in the final quarter and taken to hospital where scans showed he’d been concussed.
Townsville ( 16-10) came from behind to win the match 72-71 and move above Perth ( 16-11) into second spot.
There was also a position swap for fourth and fifth, as Cairns ( 14-12) climbed above Wollongong ( 14-13) after a dramatic 68-67 away win over the Hawks.
Perth coach Rob Beveridge says Knight, who has missed 13 games this season due to a calf injury, was kept in hospital until the early hours of Saturday morning but should be right for the NBL’s penultimate round.
‘‘ He’s as tough as they come and he’s been through a fair bit of adversity already. and I think he’ll definitely play next week,’’ Beveridge said.
Beveridge still has one injury concern, with guard Drew Williamson to undergo an MRI today after his knee swelled up on the plane trip home.
With two rounds to go, Townsville will clinch second if they win their final regular season games away to Melbourne and Cairns.
If they lose one and Perth win their one remaining match at Cairns, the Wildcats will finish second as they have the season split on the Crocs.
Two losses for the Crocs combined with two wins for Cairns would relegate Townsville to fourth, as the Taipans also have the split on their North Queensland rival.
‘‘ I can’t think of anything better coming into the play-offs than to get Perth, then Melbourne and Cairns on the road to finish the regular season,’’ Townsville coach Trevor Gleeson said.