Hungry Jack's NBL
R13 Preview: Cairns v New Zealand
Who: Cairns Taipans v New Zealand When: 7.30pm (AEDT), Thursday 31 December Where: Cairns Convention Centre Watch: Fox Sports; Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: New Zealand 90 (Webster 35, Wesley 26) d Cairns 67 (Craig 17, Starks 13, Burston 12), Round 4, Vector Arena THE MATCH-UP Cam Gliddon v Corey Webster – Webster landed 35 points the last time these teams met, so don’t be surprised to see Gliddon, Shaun Bruce, Torrey Craig or whoever is closest in transition taking their turn on the deadly Kiwi.
A huge dunk from Craig to end the quarter #HardBall @CarinsTaipans @IllawarraHawks https://t.co/dqWDUEuFnd — NBL (@NBL) December 11, 2015“We kind of went away from what we were doing in those first three quarters to get that lead - move the ball and just keep hooping,” coach Aaron Fearne said. “The two games we’ve played here at home that we’ve dropped have both been close, we just haven’t been able to make enough plays.” But there was some good news for Taipans fans ahead of their grand final replay with New Zealand, their teams’ leaky defence finding some of its 2014/15 starch against a loaded Perth squad. “Defensively we were tough as,” Fearne said. “We were physical and rotation wise, we kept them to 73 points and you’re going to win ball games doing that.” THE WRAP This rivalry has quietly developed into one of the NBL’s best, with both teams claiming big wins on their opponent’s home floor. With Markel Starks absent and Webster coming off a 38-point explosion in Sydney, the Breakers will be favoured to add another notch to their road belt. In Round 4, New Zealand allowed Cairns just seven offensive boards from 42 missed field goals, a repeat of which will see Webster, Cedric Jackson, Tom Abercrombie and Charles Jackson motoring in transition.
When it doubt put it up for an alley oop #HardBall @Adelaide36ers @CairnsTaipans https://t.co/Mp0RIP40DF — NBL (@NBL) November 27, 2015