Gleeson's NBL championship hopes hinge on game three

Warrnambool export Trevor Gleeson shows his disappointment after the Perth Wildcats fell short against the Adelaide 36ers.  
 Picture: Getty Images

Warrnambool export Trevor Gleeson shows his disappointment after the Perth Wildcats fell short against the Adelaide 36ers. Picture: Getty Images

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 11: Trevor Gleeson of the Wildcats reacts to a decision by the referee during game two of the NBL Grand Final series between the Adelaide 36ers and the Perth Wildcats at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on April 11, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 11: Trevor Gleeson of the Wildcats reacts to a decision by the referee during game two of the NBL Grand Final series between the Adelaide 36ers and the Perth Wildcats at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on April 11, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

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.

justine.mc@fairfaxmedia.com.au