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Almighty Taipans Fourth Quarter Tames Wildcats

The Cairns Taipans have launched an almighty fourth-quarter comeback to destroy the reigning champion Perth Wildcats 91-84 on Saturday evening at Cairns Convention Centre.


Cairns had the NBL powerhouse cooked as the Taipans intensity and overbearing crowd strangled the life out of their more fancied opponent in the fourth quarter.


The scenes were quite remarkable – an 18-0 Snakes scoring run from the 8:03 mark to the 4:29 mark the highlight as Cairns exhumed the bones of a game that looked dead and buried with the Wildcats in control up until that point even minus Terrico White.


Just as they did all game in Round 3 at The Jungle, Cairns couldn’t miss through the entire fourth quarter.


Import guards Scott Machado and DJ Newbill were the catalysts with cool decision making and deadeye shooting as Cairns drained eight triples in the fourth frame alone.


Coach Mike Kelly says the belief within the side manifests in games like this.


"The guys did it with that belief first. You’ve gotta make plays and they kept believing that if we make a few plays here, one possession at a time, we can build on that, so we preach that," Kelly said.


"But until you do it I think it’s harder to believe that. These guys did it and got the results from it. They just kept rolling.


"I kept thinking that I’ve probably got to sub some guys here soon but couldn’t do it. Couldn’t do it, and both these guys right here (Machado and Fabijan Krslovic) were legit in that group."


The hosts were led by boom rookie Kouat Noi’s 19 points and six rebounds, while Machado and Newbill each dropped 17 after tallying just nine at three quarter-time.


Perth was paced by Clint Steindl’s 17 points on 5/6 from downtown, while Nick Kay (16) and Dario Hunt (14) were more than solid inside.


MVP favourite Bryce Cotton was a no-show offensively in the second half, finishing with just 10 points on 3/15 shooting.


Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson lauded Cotton’s efforts despite a below par night.


"Bryce got some really good looks out there and obviously getting extra attention with no Terrico [White] out there. I thought he was getting some great looks, getting some quality out there and playing really good," Gleeson said.


"But we were hesitant offensively, we got brittle and didn’t want to make mistakes. Our defence was horrendous. There was no pressure, [Cairns] were just passing the ball, uncontested threes."


Taipan Majok Deng came out guns blazing in his 100th NBL appearance with seven points on 3/3 shooting by quarter-time. The visitors turned the ball over six times in the first frame as scores were level at 21 after 10 minutes.


Immediately after quarter time Steindl, with extended playing time in the absence of White (knee injury), caught fire with four triples on the quarter.


Whipping around the halfcourt like Klay Thompson, Steindl (14 by half-time) was Perth’s alpha dog on the perimeter as Kay kept chipping away inside to finish the half with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists.


The visitors’ formula was simple in earning a 50-40 half-time lead – lead the rebound count (18-12) and splashing from downtown (8/11).


Dario Hunt came out of half-time playing with opposition big Nathan Jawai, as the import beat the Taipans co-captain time after time off the dribble.


Half of the ‘Cats points came from the University of Nevada, Reno graduate, while Taipans wing studs Noi and Deng were a two-man band to keep the Snakes in striking distance with a quarter remaining.


But the fourth quarter was something else as Cairns rode the crowd to that sparkling 18-0 run and eventual victory.


Cairns hits the road to Wollongong for a Monday night showdown with the Hawks, while Perth hosts Adelaide next Sunday.


NBL ROUND 8


CAIRNS TAIPANS 91 (Noi 19, Machado 17, Newbill 17)

 

PERTH WILDCATS 84 (Steindl 17, Kay 16, Hunt 14)


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