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Cairns Taipans v Brisbane Bullets Game Report

Sharpshooting Snake, Fuquan Edwin scored a game-high 23 points, but it was his captain Cameron Gliddon who stole the show, winning the Australian Basketball Challenge MVP. Gliddon took home the Ray Borner Medal on the basis of a 3-2-1 vote system, and such was his dominance, Gliddon had it sewn up before the tournament's final game, Melbourne United v Illawarra Hawks. Edwin had 23 points on 8/11 shooting and four boards, but the Snakes shared the sugar with five in double figures. Three Bullets bigmen led their charge, with Tom Jervis scoring 12, Mitch Young 11 and Daniel Kickert 10. Jermaine Beal was held scoreless on four shots but dished five assists with just one turnover. In a tight first few minutes Jervis and exciting 18-year-old Matt Kenyon – who is a genuine wing slasher throwback – found easy buckets down low while Snakes big Alex Loughton had it working from range. But in a familiar theme from the weekend, Cairns had soon hit the gas. The second Jervis subbed out with 3:18 left in the quarter, Cairns struck with a 12-0 run. Little-known bigman Tevin Jackson spearheaded the scoring spurt, while role players Nnanna Egwu (10 points, six boards) and Damon Heuir joined the party as Cairns went into the second term up 34-19. The Bullets were primed for a run and playing tough, scrambling body-on-the-line defence, but on the back of Fearne's pretty offence the Snakes had an answer on most sets – be it second, third or fourth options. Energy men Kenyon and Jarrad Weeks went tit-for-tat in the middle of the term, while Egwu and Young traded dunks, but the only difference over the 10 minutes was Young's and-one lay-up right on the half-time buzzer. Cairns cranked up the defence to hold the home side to just three points over the first six minutes of the third and put the game away. The improvement in Egwu's footwork and defensive positioning has been off the charts, and the Chicago-raised centre was a huge factor in the impressive defensive period. While they were locking down defensively, the Snakes fell in love with the long ball and missing before Gliddon and McCarron put it on the floor and got to the rim to quickly put the game beyond reach. Edwin (4/6 3pt) and McCarron blasted triples and all of a sudden the lead hit 25 in the shadows of three-quarter time. Bullets veteran Adam Gibson hit back-to-back corner threes early in the final term but the threat of a comeback was very momentary as the Snakes won the final quarter 22-16. Cairns took six competition points away from the win, while Brisbane only one.   CAIRNS TAIPANS 91 (Fuquan Edwin 23, Jarrad Weeks 13, Mitch McCarron 11) BRISBANE BULLETS 61 (Tom Jervis 12, Mitch Young 11, Daniel Kickert 10) BOX SCORE
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