Taipans fall as Break­ers find a Spark

The Courier-Mail - - SPORT - JOR­DAN GERRANS

IT IS not even the mid­dle of No­vem­ber but the Cairns Taipans are star­ing down the bar­rel of must-win games al­ready.

An­other slug­gish start hurt the Snakes last night against the New Zea­land Break­ers, with the side belted 104-81 at Spark Arena in Auck­land.

The loss sees the Far North Queens­land club slump to 1-5.

It will face the NBL cham­pi­ons Mel­bourne United to­mor­row on the road, which looms as a must-win to keep pace with the fi­nals race.

Cairns’ cur­rent five-game los­ing skid is the first for the club since No­vem­ber 2013, when it lost seven in a row.

Im­port guard pair­ing DJ New­bill and Melo Trim­ble shoul­dered the en­tire of­fen­sive load, which is be­com­ing an all­too-fa­mil­iar sce­nario, in the de­feat. Trim­ble top-scored with 23, con­tin­u­ing to show he can score when­ever he likes, but his of­fen­sive ar­se­nal is not turn­ing into wins for his new club.

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