Taipans stun Sixers to cement second spot
Behind an NBL legend, the Cairns Taipans became a team possessed in the second half, handing Adelaide their fourth straight loss, 89-98 at Titanium Security Arena.
Mark Worthington had one heck of a final quarter in his last regular NBL season game after a stirring video tribute prior to tip-off.
The ageless veteran collected two steals, a block, a charge and back-to-back clutch triples before affording himself a wry smile as he jetted his team to guaranteed home-court advantage in their semi-final.
The veteran power forward built on the back of guard tandem Travis Trice and Jarrad Weeks. Trice had his career high against Adelaide with 18, whilst Weeks played second fiddle in a rare 16-point scoring outburst.
It wasn’t without some resistance from Jerome Randle who netted 13 points in the last five minutes.
But it was a largely lacklustre 36ers that took the court in the second half, despite leading every box score statistic at the main break.
Steven Weigh had an awkward landing in the second stanza that saw him leave the game at the six-minute mark. He returned midway through the third with a heavily strapped right ankle. Teammate Nate Jawai fouled out at the five-minute mark of the second quarter.
The home side took advantage, hitting 10 of 17 at the stripe on their way to a 52-43 lead.
Cairns Taipans 98 (Trice 18, Gliddon 16, Weeks 16)
Adelaide 36ers 89 (Randle 24, Creek 16, Johnson 13)
News Source: NBL Media