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Trice hurt in shock Snakes road win

The Cairns Taipans continued their climb off the bottom of the ladder, completing a perfect week with Sunday night’s convincing 98-83 win over the Illawarra Hawks at WIN Entertainment Centre. But the win – their first on the road in 364 days – wasn’t without its share of worry, with star point guard Travis Trice leaving the game after falling heavily on his right elbow in the third quarter and failing to return. After breaking through for their first victory of the season with Thursday night’s defeat of Melbourne United, the Taipans were at their clinical best on Sunday, crushing the Hawks with a devastating shooting display. Cairns laid the platform by making 61 per cent of their shots in the first half. They finished at 55 per cent for the game. Six players finished in double figures, led by Fuquan Edwin (15 points) and Mark Worthington (15). "We shot 32 per cent in our first three games and it's been a lot better in the last two games, and it certainly makes it a lot easier when you make shots," Cairns coach Aaron Fearne said post-game. "Nate [Jawai] had his best game [of the season] tonight, Mark has been good the last few games. "It was tough with some of the injuries we had, but you overcome the obstacles that come your way." Marvelle Harris had 19 for the Hawks and AJ Ogilvy finished with 13, while former MVP Rotnei Clarke’s slump continues. Illawarra was hoping to complete their own perfect week after accounting for Perth on Friday night, but the Taipans simply dominated for long stretches in the second half and the margin never dropped below six. Ogilvy seemed determined to erase his poor shooting performance against the Wildcats, scoring seven early points to get the Hawks away to a strong start. The Taipans were also in sync, dissecting Illawarra’s defence for several open looks to build a 22-18 lead with two minutes left in the first period. Travis Trice was virtually unguardable, slicing his way to seven points, while Cairns connected on a blistering 12 of 18 shots as a team to take a 27-23 lead into the second quarter. The Taipans showed no signs of cooling off, toying with their opponents at times as shots continued to fall. And it wasn’t just the starters doing the damage. Unsung backup guard Damon Heuir caught fire, scoring a team-high seven points – and a career high 12 on the game – to push the margin up to 10. "Different guys hit different shots tonight and that was a key factor," Heuir said. "We're a really close-knit team and that helped us in those first three games.” Harris and Mitch Norton made a few tough buckets in heavy traffic, but the Hawks couldn’t contain the Taipans at the other end (61 per cent shooting) and fell behind 52-41 at half-time. Heuir led his side with 12 points and Harris had 10 for Illawarra. Norton moved into the starting line-up in the second half and the Hawks cut the margin to six, but Cairns responded with another scoring surge for a 70-58 lead with three minutes left in the third period. Edwin was particularly damaging with a pair of cold-blooded threes from the corner. The Hawks kept clawing away but Worthington calmly made a couple of key shots to keep the Taipans up by eight with a quarter to play. Despite never giving up, Illawarra were failed to nullify Cairns’ patience and precision down the stretch, as they found Nate Jawai in scoring position time after time. "Whoever was going to control the tempo was going to win the game, and they did an exceptional job of that," Hawks coach Rob Beveridge said. "They're as good as what we've played this season. "We mentally broke down at times and it really hurt us." The Taipans host league-leading Sydney next Saturday before closing out round five with a Monday night road clash with the Kings. Illawarra have a week to regroup for next Sunday’s home game against Melbourne United. CAIRNS TAIPANS 98 (Edwin 15, Worthington 15, Jawai 14) ILLAWARRA HAWKS 83 (Harris 19, Ogilvy 13, Norton 10) BOX SCORE
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