PERTH Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson's hopes of a maiden NBL championship hinge on a third and deciding grand final series game tomorrow.
The Warrnambool export's team will host Adelaide 36ers in front of a parochial home crowd after falling short in game two last night.
Game two went down to the wire but the 36ers, which held sway for most of the night, snared a 89-84 win in front of 8127 fans at Adelaide Arena.
Perth clawed its way back from 11 points drawn early in the fourth quarter and hit the lead after guard Jermaine Beal drained a three-pointer with more than four minutes left to play.
Scores were tied at 78-all before the 36ers regained the lead through Anthony Petrie.
Beal then stepped up to give the Wildcats a one-point advantage with 1.38 minutes to play.
The result was in the balance until the final 20 seconds but 36ers guard Gary Ervin showed composure on the line to send the series into a deciding game.
Game three will be televised live from Perth Arena on ONE HD from 1pm AEST.