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Perth sweep Cairns, advance to Grand Final

Monday February 20, 2017 by  

The career of the great Mark Worthington is over and the Cairns Taipans have to wait another year for that elusive championship after the Perth Wildcats advanced to the NBL Grand Final with a 74-66 win at Perth Arena on Monday.

Perth claimed Game 2 of the NBL semi-final series by eight points after winning the opener in Cairns 91-69 on Friday.

The Taipans came out a vastly different outfit in enemy territory and put in a strong showing defensively, but offensive execution cruelled them as they posted their third-lowest score of the season. Read more

Cotton masterclass destroys Taipans

Friday February 17, 2017 by  

He may not have been with the group for long, but Bryce Cotton showed he has Wildcat genes with a 34-point masterclass as Perth ambushed the Snakes to take Game 1 of their semi-final series 91-69 on Friday.

After going a scintillating 5/5 from downtown in his only other visit to the Cairns Convention Centre, Cotton had his deadly jumpshot on full display again to rain on Cairns’ parade and declare their championship prospects are as good as any.

The Snakes, winners of six of their past seven games coming into the night, were simply shell-shocked by American stars Cotton – who scored the most points by a Wildcat in a finals game since 2008 – and Casey Prather (22 points), who was near unstoppable in the pick-and-roll. Read more

Taipans stun Sixers to cement second spot

Saturday February 11, 2017 by  

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. Read more

Epic fourth-quarter explosion takes Taipans home

Thursday February 9, 2017 by  

It was one of the wildest stretches of basketball in the history of the Cairns Taipans.

A 14-point explosion in just a minute and 55 seconds during the fourth quarter has propelled the Snakes to a temporary second position on the NBL ladder after a thrilling 89-85 win over the league-leading Adelaide 36ers.

By no means were the Sixers at full strength, with coach Joey Wright leaning on the young bench brigade to close out the game up against a desperate and swarming Taipans team, but the win is just as sweet for the Orangemen, who head to Adelaide for the second leg of their home-and-away weekend looking to sew up a top-four berth. Read more

Snakes roar home to keep season alive

Sunday February 5, 2017 by  

The Orangemen have lived to fight another day, after gutsing out a stirring 85-77 win over the Perth Wildcats in a ‘last chance saloon’ Sunday afternoon at the Cairns Convention Centre.

Seasons were on the line after 18 gruelling rounds of close competition, and one question remained: who wanted it more?

The contenders were numerous in a tense game from start to finish, but three Snakes in particular stood out: the main man in the middle Nathan Jawai, who put forward a man-of-the-match effort of 22 points and nine rebounds (seven offensive); import Tony Mitchell, who posted 20; and first-year player Mitch McCarron, who ripped down 10 rebounds and helped change the game through a high-energy period in the third quarter. Read more

Hawks hold off late Snakes surge

Friday February 3, 2017 by  

It had all the makings of a rout but in the end the Illawarra Hawks had to sweat out a nerve-wracking 90-73 win over Cairns on Friday night at WIN Entertainment Centre.

Leading by 26 in third quarter, the Hawks survived a late comeback to secure their 14th win of the season and remain in second spot with two games to play.

Cairns gave the home crowd a big scare when they cut the margin to six with four minutes remaining, but the Hawks regained their composure down the stretch to close out a crucial victory. Read more

Taipans survive mammoth Hawks comeback

Sunday January 22, 2017 by  

It was a sick sense of déjà vu for the Cairns Taipans in front of their home crowd, but the Orangemen have scraped through after yet another second-half meltdown to beat the Illawarra Hawks 85-79 on Sunday afternoon.

The game looked all but over when the Snakes rode a 15-1 run to lead by 21 points midway through the third term, but opened the floodgates after an outstanding 2.5 quarters of defence following their game in Perth less than 48 hours prior.

With each Illawarra bucket, the crowd and Taipans got more nervous, with coach Aaron Fearne screaming at his shell-shocked players to re-focus and increase tempo. Read more

‘Cats break Snakes hearts in OT thriller

Friday January 20, 2017 by  

With two seconds to go the Perth Wildcats saw their season on the rocks trailing the Cairns Taipans but Bryce Cotton lifted them into overtime where they came away with the crucial 84-78 win at Perth Arena on Friday night.

With both teams desperate to win in the race to a place in the NBL finals, it was the Taipans who appeared to have done enough leading by as much as six during the fourth quarter.

They were still up by two with 2.2 seconds left but Cotton levelled scores at the foul line and almost won the game rebounding his third shot. Read more

Taipans role players come up big against ‘Cats

Monday January 16, 2017 by  

Snakes sharpshooter Stephen Weigh has continued his renaissance, leading the Taipans to a season-saving 80-78 win over the Wildcats on Monday.

A consummate professional, Weigh is the one Cairns players look to for an example, but the entire nation had eyes fixed on the 29-year-old veteran as he posted double digits for the third consecutive game.

He hit the shots when it mattered and while Perth, now 10-11, mounted a late charge to get the game within just two points in the final minute, the struggling Snakes did just enough to keep their ship afloat – if only momentarily – at the Cairns Convention Centre. Read more

Backcourt tandem shoots United to victory

Saturday January 14, 2017 by  

Melbourne United and Cairns Taipans went shot for shot in their battle at the State Netball and Hockey Centre on Saturday night but when the crunch came, Chris Goulding and Casper Ware took the home side to victory.

Ware nailed a game-high 31 points including 12 in the final term while Goulding scored 27 points but had to come back from going down on his ankle in the third term – he came back and continued launching to inspire Melbourne to a 92-85 win.

The Taipans were brave and got within five points with three minutes to play but Ware’s gutsy drives made sure they would get no closer. Read more