1990 marked the beginning of the most exciting era in Wildcats history after businessman Kerry Stokes purchased the franchise and moved the team into the iconic 8,000-seat Perth Entertainment Centre.
The season was a turbulent one to say the least with the first controversy coming when coach Alan Black was fired and replaced by Bruton only two games into the season.
The team then limped into the playoffs in 5th place and a 17-9 record.
After knocking out the North Melbourne Giants in the Semi-Finals the team moved forward to a Grand Final match-up with a tough Brisbane Bullets squad featuring Leroy Loggins, Derek Rucker and Andre Moore.
Tens of thousands of people across Western Australia tuned in to the live coverage to see the Wildcats triumph 112–106 in Game 1 of the Grand Final series in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,200 at the Perth Entertainment Centre.
Brisbane tied the series at 1–1 after winning Game 2 in convincing fashion at home, 106–90 and in the deciding game, the Wildcats blew the game wide open in the third quarter, creating a 20 buffer to come home easily in the fourth quarter and win the first NBL championship for a Western Australian team in a 109–86 victory.
Ricky Grace was recognised as grand final MVP, averaging averaged 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists over the three-game series.
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