Hungry Jack's NBL
R17 Preview: Cairns v Sydney
Who: Cairns Taipans v Sydney Kings When: 7.30pm (AEDT), Friday 29 January Where: Cairns Convention Centre Watch: Fox Sports; Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: Sydney 87 (Cadee 21, Childress 21, Garlepp 10, Thornton 10) d Cairns 77 (Bruce 17, Craig 17, Gliddon 13), Round 13, Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre
Tommy put on a show last night in his 200th @NBL game ??? pic.twitter.com/ZrNf3gvWVO — Sydney Kings (@SydneyKings) December 17, 2015While few predicted Garlepp’s rise into a legitimate one-on-one scorer, averaging 18.7 points in his past nine games, Loughton isn’t surprised. He was a Perth Wildcat when Garlepp first appeared on the scene in 2007, battling to earn a development player role. “He was bright-eyed and bushy tailed, and he rocked up to work every day,” Loughton said. “He certainly had a lot of potential and really wanted to work on his game. He would do individuals with anyone who was doing it. “In the off-season he would say, ‘What are we going to do today?’, and anyone who was on the court he was going to be training with them as well, even if it was guards.” Garlepp and the Kings have been at their best when playing loose in the open court and transition, a style that has troubled Cairns this season. Loughton said “the run-and-gun teams, if we don’t keep pace with them we’re in trouble”, with Adelaide, Illawarra and Sydney averaging 90.5ppg against the Taipans, compared to the rest of the league’s 79.8.
And now the turn around jumper #HardBall @SydneyKings @PerthWildcats https://t.co/lje2kduUu6 — NBL (@NBL) January 15, 2016So what if his old mate Garlepp is draining the excitement from the gym on Friday night with his regimen of unblockable moves? “I’m one of the cranky old veterans now so I’ll just be coming in to throw a few elbows, rough him up a bit and hope for the best,” Loughton laughed. THE WRAP While Cairns and Sydney aren’t in anyone’s championship discussions, this game features plenty of match-ups worth talking about as the Taipans look to secure home win number 10 for the season. Starks and Jason Cadee are two livewire young point guards, Worthington v Garlepp is the grizzly veteran against his former apprentice, Matt Burston v Angus Brandt features an old workhorse against a newer version, while Childress v Craig is a tasty above-the-rim clash.