The Cairns Post - - SPORT - JOR­DAN GERRANS jor­

THE Cairns Dol­phins must now win twice or go home.

The Dol­phins’ 64-75 loss to the Ip­swich Thun­der in Round 14 on Fri­day evening at the Fish Tank has made their fi­nals equa­tion dif­fi­cult, but not im­pos­si­ble, with two games to play in the 2017 reg­u­lar sea­son.

The Dol­phins 7-8 record leaves them in ninth place on the QBL lad­der with a tough away road trip to Glad­stone Port City Power and Rock­hamp­ton Cy­clones this week­end.

If they can turn around their five-game los­ing se­quence with two away wins, they will have done enough to qual­ify for the post-sea­son for the first time in al­most a decade.

A dif­fer­ent re­sult on Fri­day evening against the Thun­der would have gone a long way to book­ing their fi­nals spot but the vis­i­tors started and fin­ished well to con­sol­i­date sec­ond spot on the QBL lad­der.

Skip­per Myra Donkin had ar­guably her best game of the sea­son as she added 20 points, six as­sists and five re­bounds in over 38 min­utes on the court.

The in­side pres­ence of Alli Gloyd and Rachel Pryor bat­tled hard for the Dol­phins but Thun­der stars Kate Gaze and Miela Good­child pro­duced the goods on the road.

In what will work in the Dol­phins’ favour, the Cy­clones, Sat­ur­day’s op­po­nents, are out of fi­nals con­tention and will be only play­ing for pride while the Power, who beat the Dol­phins last Sat­ur­day at home, look to be locked into fourth spot with the Round 15 re­sult not likely to change their po­si­tion.

The Dol­phins are hope­ful of re­gain­ing for­ward Jade Kennedy, who has not played since early June through in­jury.

Kennedy trained last week in a bid to play and would be a vi­tal in­clu­sion for their fi­nals hopes.

Dol­phins' Myra Donkin.

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