Taipans bro­ken by in form Break­ers

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE Cairns Taipans have slumped to their fifth suc­ces­sive loss of the NBL sea­son, beaten 104- 81 by the New Zealand Break­ers last night.

Both teams bat­tled de­fen­sively, but the six­th­placed Break­ers – de­spite miss­ing US im­port Ar­mani Moore to a fin­ger in­jury – were too strong and too ac­cu­rate on of­fence.

In their most con­sis­tent match of the sea­son, the Ki­wis led ev­ery quar­ter, fronted by the twin strike force of Corey Web­ster – who sunk a game­high 25 points – and Pa­trick Richard ( 21).

For the Taipans, point guard Melo Trim­ble was tire­less, top- scor­ing with 23, but re­ceived lit­tle sup­port with only for­mer Break­ers guard DJ New­bill ( 11) and for­ward Kuany Kuany ( 10) reach­ing dou­ble fig­ures.

Cairns now haven’t reg­is­tered a win since their firstround 88- 70 vic­tory over the Bris­bane Bul­lets. The Break­ers, who faded badly in last week’s 92- 78 loss to Perth, started with a hiss and a roar.

Back- to- back three point­ers from Web­ster, and an­other from Richard, opened up a 15- 4 lead af­ter five min­utes.

Shawn Long added an­other trey, the Break­ers stretch­ing to a 30- 18 lead be­fore Trim­ble hit back with a three right on the buzzer to cut the home team’s lead to 30- 21 at the first break.

Dex­ter Ker­nich- Drew con­tin­ued the Taipans’ resur­gence at the restart, drain­ing an­other three to set the visi­tors on a run which re­duced the Break­ers’ ad­van­tage to just one barely three min­utes into the sec­ond quar­ter.

But while the Break­ers of­fered plenty of vari­a­tion on of­fence, Cairns re­lied heav­ily on Melo Trim­ble and for­mer Break­ers swing­man DJ New­bill, and the Ki­wis cap­i­talised to take a 57- 45 lead into half­time. The New Zealan­ders dom­i­nated the third quar­ter, outscor­ing the Taipans 25- 12 to lead 82- 57 at the last break, and although Cairns edged the fi­nal spell 24- 22, the fi­nal re­sult was never in doubt.

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