Hungry Jack's NBL
R18 Preview: New Zealand v Cairns
Who: New Zealand v Cairns Taipans When: 3pm (AEDT), Sunday 7 February Where: North Shore Events Centre, Auckland Watch: 9GEM; Fox Sports; Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: Cairns 90 (Gliddon 23, Starks 19, Bruce 14) d New Zealand 87 (Abercrombie 23, Cedric Jackson 20, Pledger 12), Round 16, Cairns Convention Centre
Jackson to Jackson UNSTOPPABLE! #HardBall @TsvCrocs @NZBreakers https://t.co/bZBRJvoHoD — NBL (@NBL) January 29, 2016The story was similar on Wednesday in Adelaide, Jackson breaking the 36ers’ hearts with seven triples. While his perimeter outburst caught many by surprise, he has shot the three-ball at 38 per cent over the past eight games, including 4-of-9 against the Taipans two weeks ago. “I’ve just been taking what the defence gives me and just shooting the ball with confidence. My shot was falling tonight and we definitely needed a big spark up,” he said. Cairns take Jackson on at the other end, Shaun Bruce scoring 31 points at 63 per cent in the teams’ past two meetings, including a crucial burst that got the Taipans back into the contest in Round 16. Import Markel Starks also took his turn testing Jackson’s defence, finishing with 19 points in that game, punctuated by some big plays down the stretch.
Pledger finishes the dunk despite the contact inside #HardBall @Adelaide36ers @NZBreakers https://t.co/b9dEKexFZ0 — NBL (@NBL) February 3, 2016