Wildcats confident ahead of top of table clash

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 05:00 31/01/2013
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ROB BEVERIDGE: "To me, they [the Breakers] are our biggest test. There's no question about that."

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Perth Wildcats coach Bob Beveridge sniffs another classic against the Breakers in Auckland on Friday night, claiming confidence is as high in his camp as it is in the table-topping Kiwis.

The Breakers have brought in 700 extra seats, anticipating a sellout at Auckland's Vector Arena which will have a capacity of 9200.

On form, every seat should be sold for this match which sets up a repeat of last year's grand final.

The Breakers, on a club record nine-game winning streak, have opened up a commanding lead in the championship.

But Perth remain their nemesis with Rob Beveridge's side having beaten the Kiwis in both their encounters this season - 73-59 in round one at the North Shore Events Centre and 89-64 in round eight in Perth.

The Breakers are 17-3 from their 20 games this season and the Wildcats are 13-4.

"They're playing with so much confidence at the moment and we are as well, so we're both going to test each other to see where we're at. It'll be a good reality check for both teams," Beveridge said before flying to Auckland.

"To me, they are our biggest test. There's no question about that."

Beveridge, who thrives on the rivalry between these two clubs, had some kind words for Breakers star Cedric Jackson.

"We've done a really good job the first two games against him, but he's getting better and better. I was hoping by now he'd get picked up in the NBA," Beveridge quipped.

Perth swingman Cam Tovey won't be making the trip as he remains troubled by a persistent hip injury.

"We've put him on ice - he definitely won't be playing this week. He's just got to try and get his body right for the rest of the season." Beveridge said.

Breakers general manager Richard Clark said interest in the match was huge, hence the extra seats.

"There has been a huge buzz around this game for some time and the form of both teams has only increased the noise and the fans have responded," Clark said.

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