News

GAME REPORT

JackJumpers Keep Hope Alive with Win Over Taipans

However faint the finals dream might still be for the Tasmania JackJumpers, they kept hope alive with a hard earned 87-80 victory at home to the Cairns Taipans on Friday night.

The JackJumpers' fairytale playoff aspirations took a hit with a 20-point loss to the Sydney Kings on their home floor on Sunday and this was always going to be a challenge against an in-form Taipans at MyState Bank Arena.

The Snakes arrived in their best patch of form of the season having won three straight, and four of the last five, and they threw the gauntlet right down to the JackJumpers.

The Taipans were nine points up by half-time and still leading by four midway through the third period. Cairns point guard Scott Machado went off injured and the whole complexion of the game changed.

The JackJumpers were able to score the next 14 points to go from four down to 10 up. While the Taipans kept fighting, Tasmania did enough to secure the seven-point win to improve to 14-11 on the season as they attempt to chase down the 15-9 Perth Wildcats.

The 16 offensive rebounds for 18 second chance points from the JackJumpers proved pivotal in the final result as they won the battle on the glass over the Taipans by 10.

Jack McVeigh again top-scored for Tasmania with 16 points and eight rebounds with Josh Magette adding 13 points and six assists, MiKyle McIntosh 11 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Josh Adams 10 points and four boards.

JackJumpers coach Scott Roth was proud of the way his team responded in the second half.

"The conversation at half-time was that we weren’t ourselves. Our aggressiveness and toughness, and everything we've hung our hats on all year needed to lift if we were to win the game," Roth said.

"The Taipans have just been murdered with injury after injury, and then Machado goes down in this game, but Fordey has done a heck of a job rallying them. 

"But in the second half it was definitely a turnaround and I can't think of a more impactful eight minutes for us than this guy (Jarred Bairstow) with his energy and passion to just go play, and make big plays for us especially on the defensive end."

The Taipans were clearly rattled by the lower leg injury to Machado midway through the third quarter, but still fought the game out valiantly.

Nate Jawai was a powerful force and produced 17 points on 5/6 shooting with 7/7 from the foul line while Tahjere McCall marked his return with 14 points while Majok Deng had 13, Keanu Pinder 13 and Bul Kuol 11.

The emotions over the injury to Machado of which the seriousness is still not known was the overriding factor for Taipans coach Adam Forde.

"We've had a few issues in the third quarter and we knew coming out of half-time that Tassie do a great job with all the energy and hustle," Forde said. 

"They started off scoring off an offensive rebound so that hurts and they were doing a good job at slowing us down, and we couldn’t get through anything. 

"Scott going down rattled the whole group, myself included, so it took us a while to regroup from that, but the reality was Tassie did a great job of doing all those one percenters, and 10 offensive rebounds in the second half including on that foul shot with the game in the balance is what really hurt us."

The JackJumpers got off to the perfect start beginning with a triple from Josh Adams and then a jumper from Fabijan Krslovic against his former team. The Taipans steadied courtesy of Keanu Pinder and Bul Kuol which has become commonplace in recent times.

Josh Magette drained a triple to put Tasmania on top 10-6 but Tahjere McCall was enjoying his return for the next two buckets for Cairns. Nate Jawai then turned the game in favour of the Taipans when he hit the floor and his team went on an 8-0 as a result.

An and-one from Kuol and open three from McCall then ensured the Taipans still led 22-19 by quarter-time.

MiKyle McIntosh and then Jack McVeigh helped Tasmania start the second quarter well and Taipans coach Adam Forde wasn’t happy. He was even less happy with Sam McDaniel and Clint Steindl knocking down threes for the home team to put them up 31-27.

However, the Snakes responded impressively starting with a triple from Kuol. Jawai again was just too much for Tasmania to handle inside and he had seven more points, and then three balls to Kuol and Majok Deng saw the Taipans in control leading 47-38 by the half-time break.

Tasmania came out firing to start the second half and it was McVeigh providing the spark with eight quick points including two big makes from downtown before Pinder did steady Cairns with a couple of free-throws.

However, Machado going down hurt for Cairns did unfortunately change the tide of the match and in amidst the Taipans losing their general, the JackJumpers went on a 14-0 scoring run including triples from Adams and McVeigh, and some inspired work by Jarred Bairstow.

As a result Tasmania was up seven by three quarter-time and then Jarrad Weeks connected from deep to open the fourth term.

Cairns refused to go away, though, and even got all the way back within three points after a McCall and-one in the final minute, but it was again Weeks hitting from deep that delivered the final blow for Tasmania's win.

The Taipans now return home to host Melbourne United on Sunday while the JackJumpers have a week before playing host to the New Zealand Breakers next Friday.

HUNGRY JACK'S NBL ROUND 19

TASMANIA JACKJUMPERS 87 (McVeigh 16, Magette 13, McIntosh 11)

CAIRNS TAIPANS 80 (Jawai 17, McCall 14, Deng 13, Pinder 13) 

BOX SCORE 

NEWS

Jack White Joins Denver for Summer League

2 days ago

NEWS

“Speechless” Travers Explains NBA Draft Emotions

2 days ago

NEWS

3 NBL Players Selected in NBA Draft

2 days ago

NEWS

Luke Travers Drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers

2 days ago

NEWS

Hugo Besson Drafted by Bucks

2 days ago

NEWS

Dieng to Start NBA Career in OKC

2 days ago

NEWS

JackJumpers Sign Milton Doyle

3 days ago

NEWS

Wildcats to “Move Quickly” on New Coach

3 days ago

NEWS

Scott Morrison to Depart Wildcats for Family Reasons

3 days ago

NEWS

Travers Outperforming Fellow Draft Hopefuls

3 days ago

LaMelo Ball Leads Hawks, Taipans Beat Bullets Again

16 September 2019

Fourth Place Frustration for Boomers in China

15 September 2019

FIBA World Cup Bronze Medal Game | Australia v France Preview

15 September 2019

Prather Shines In United's Big Win, Taipans Smash Bullets

14 September 2019

Starting Five: World Cup Heartbreak

14 September 2019

Spain Again Breaks Boomers Hearts in Double OT

13 September 2019

Watch Live | Illawarra Hawks vs Melbourne United

13 September 2019

FIBA World Cup Semi-Final | Australia v Spain Preview

13 September 2019

Starting Five: Boomers Two Wins from Gold

12 September 2019

Australia Advance to World Cup Final Four

12 September 2019

NBL Partners

Naming Rights
Major Partners
Broadcast & Media Partners
Profile Partners
Suppliers
Associates