Wildcats up to second after pipping United

Cedric Jackson of Melbourne United in action.
Cedric Jackson of Melbourne United in action. JOE CASTRO

BASKETBALL: Reigning NBL champions the Perth Wildcats have made it a double of wins in round three with a tight 72-69 win over Melbourne United at Hisense Arena.

The Wildcats backed up their home 80-73 victory over the Illawarra Hawks to move to second on the ladder behind the Sydney Kings on percentage with a 4-1 winning record.

The visitors were 12 points up at the halfway point of the final quarter but United, without the injured Chris Goulding, pulled to within three points.

With the seconds counting down, Cedric Jackson (pictured) had the chance to take the game into overtime but he fired an airball from three-point range to give the visitors the win.

The Wildcats' Casey Prather had a quiet game by his standards but still had a game-high 16 points.

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