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Phoenix beat Perth, NBL finals hopes alive

South East Melbourne have kept their NBL playoffs hopes alive with a 112-91 defeat of in-form Perth but a groin injury to ex-NBA swingman Ryan Broekhoff will give the side cause for concern.

The Phoenix came into Sunday's game seventh on the ladder with only one win to their name since Christmas and could all but kiss finals goodbye if they lost - particularly given tough games with Cairns and Sydney await.

But the hosts led from the outset at the State Basketball Centre, starting with a 12-3 run that featured two Broekhoff triples in quick succession.

While the Wildcats came within one point on three occasions later in the game, they never took the lead as the desperate Phoenix had the better of an offence-driven game.

They blew the scoreline out late and need to win their remaining two games to keep their finals destiny in their own hands.

Former Dallas Maverick Broekhoff had six triples from nine attempts in the first half, going into the main change with 22 points, more than he has scored in a full game all season.

He finished with 26 but appeared emotional during a timeout as he told coach Simon Mitchell he had tweaked his groin.

Broekhoff played no further part, with teammates consoling him courtside as he iced his injury. The Australian representative was up on his feet after the game.

While Broekhoff cooled off as the contest went on, the Phoenix had other avenues to basket.

Big man Alan Williams (27 points, 14 rebounds, six assists) was a threat in the paint as South East Melbourne as the Phoenix kicked their habit of dropping off in second quarters.

But the Wildcats are never out of a contest when three-time league MVP Bryce Cotton is at his best and the guard kept his side in the fight with 25 points and four assists.

The only man who can rival Cotton for scoring this season, Phoenix star Mitch Creek (20 points, six assists, eight rebounds) emerged from a quiet start to the game and took control in the fourth quarter as South East Melbourne went on with a big win.

Perth's Tai Webster limped off clutching his hamstring late in the game.

The loss snapped a three-game Wildcats winning streak but the West Australians remain in the playoffs picture with four regular-season games to play.