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R17 Preview: Perth v Cairns
Who: Perth Wildcats v Cairns Taipans When: 9.30pm (AEDT), Monday 25 January Where: Perth Arena Watch: Fox Sports; Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: Cairns 71 (Craig 15, Loughton 13, Worthington 13) d Perth 61 (Beal 18, Prather 13, Knight 10), Round 14, Cairns Convention Centre
#ICYMI - WATCH THIS: Torrey Craig banks a crazy half-court hail mary! https://t.co/GmT7niBMtx — NBL (@NBL) January 24, 2016Fearne won’t let his team be too content though, his frontcourt dominated inside for large stretches of the game – outscored 42-22 in the paint on Saturday – something that won’t wash against Nate Jawai and Co. “They're a big strong group, they play big and when you play these guys you’ve got to really rebound at a high level and keep them off the offensive glass because it’s a possession game,” Fearne said of Perth. Cairns have done a standout job negating the Wildcats’ ability to generate open shots through their big men, keeping Jawai and Matt Knight to five assists while forcing 18 turnovers. That pair have 78 dimes and just 59 miscues against the rest of the league. The Taipans have double-teamed Jawai hard down low the past two games, but against the Hawks on Thursday he scored 18 points in a season-high 28 minutes to show he might be a tougher cover this time around. “There are not as many players around the world who are as big as him, can move like him, and when he’s in shape watch out,” Fearne said.
Huge elevation by Prather #HardBall @PerthWildcats @illawarrahawks https://t.co/cUbEzXtw2l — NBL (@NBL) January 21, 2016