Magnay monsters Perth as Cotton is wrapped in wool

Murray Wenzel |

Will Magnay (r) has led Tasmania to a 14-point home win over Perth to end their NBL regular season.
Will Magnay (r) has led Tasmania to a 14-point home win over Perth to end their NBL regular season.

Will Magnay has earned Paris Olympics consideration from a Boomers great as his Tasmania JackJumpers shut down Perth 86-72 in a potential NBL Finals prelude.

The hosts made the most of Wildcats star and runaway MVP favourite Bryce Cotton’s late scratching on Saturday, the guard rested as a precaution after copping a knock to the knee in Thursday’s loss to Illawarra.

Fit-again former NBA centre Magnay was back to his monstrous best around the rim as they silenced the usually prolific Perth offence and ended the regular season on a 5-1 run.

He blocked five shots, added eight rebounds, scored 13 points and defended the Wildcats’ forwards so emphatically that Andrew Gaze pondered in commentary if he could be the left-field option the Boomers need at the Paris Games later his year.

“He makes the most impact defensively in the league,” teammate Milton Doyle said.

“I see everyone talking about (Melbourne’s) Shea Ili, but there’s nobody like Mag in the league. I think he’s defensive player of the year.”

Magnay’s defence powered a 10-point run to finish the half and blow the game open, the JackJumpers up by 20 approaching the third quarter.

Perth made just five-of-21 triples and none before halftime, while they took nearly four minutes to score in the final term as the lead passed 25.

Wildcats coach John Rillie said it was a “wise” club decision to wrap Cotton in wool that also allowed their deep bench some pre-finals exposure to a top side.

“At some stage in the Playoffs someone that hasn’t had much opportunity is going to need to perform a cameo – I know that much through experience,” the former All-NBL guard and 1998 champion with Adelaide said.

“It was important to utilise this game so guys understood what that felt like.”

Tasmania improved to 17-12 to match Perth, but remain in third on percentage in what could be an early look at one Play-Off series, should Tasmania progress through the first stage of Finals.

Alexandre Saar (17 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks) started well in front of Portland Trail Blazers general manager Joe Cronin, a potential suitor of the French star set to go early in the next NBA draft.

Doyle (24 points, five rebounds, five assists) and Jack McVeigh (20 points, 10 rebounds) continued their highly-productive seasons for the JackJumpers.

The home side wore one-off uniforms for the third annual Teal Game to support local cancer foundation Support, Hope, Educate that raise funds, awareness and has an ambition to build a cancer wellness centre in Hobart.