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Sport Snakes bite to upset Wildcats in NBL

17:40  18 october  2019
17:40  18 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Florida man charged with forcing captured alligator to drink beer

  Florida man charged with forcing captured alligator to drink beer Timothy Kepke and Noah Osborne were arrested Oct. 3. Each was charged with unlawfully taking an alligator, a felony. According to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report, a complaint was recieved in August about Kepke holding an alligator. A video apparently showed Kepke trying to get the alligator to bite his arm and giving beer to the reptile, after which, the alligator reacted aggressively. Officers said they went to Kepke's home on Sept. 17 and Kepke told them he was the person in the video.Kepke told officers Osborne caught the reptile with his bare hands in Palm City on Aug. 26.

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The Cairns Taipans caused a massive upset in Perth on Friday night, beating the Wildcats by 23 points to win their first game of the season.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Nathan Jawai of the Taipans looks to pass the ball during the round three NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and the Cairns Taipans at RAC Arena on October 18, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images) © Getty PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Nathan Jawai of the Taipans looks to pass the ball during the round three NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and the Cairns Taipans at RAC Arena on October 18, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images) Cameron Oliver impressed with a powerful 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Taipans to a 99-76 win over the reigning champions at RAC Arena, the Cats' biggest loss at the venue.

Majok Deng also knocked down 22 points. The win was set up in the third term when the visitors turned a four-point half-time lead into a 14-point advantage.

Perth coach Trevor Gleeson said he's disappointed anytime his side gets outworked on their home court.

"They were at a different level than we were at tonight," he said.

"We certainly went individually and didn't stick together tight as a unit.

Defence has been our backbone and they were scoring at will."

The Wildcats struggled at both ends, with Nick Kay and Terrico White top-scoring with 15 points apiece.

The signs were good for Cairns early. For the fourth time this season, they led at half time. This time though, they went on with it.

Cairns had faded out in each of their three earlier games. They were minus 38 points total in second halves in those clashes.

On Friday, they played like a side desperate not to fall to 0-4.

Taipans coach Mike Kelly said he sensed a performance like this was coming.

"Yeah, I think we have a talented team. If we play with a physical presence, we have a chance to win a lot of ball games," he said.

"I think we showed we can play in the NBL and win a game. If we win (the next game) we're in a good spot after playing a few on the road now."

They pushed the Wildcats by finding multiple ways to the basket.

Defensively, they didn't do too much wrong either; the Cats shooting at just 32 per cent and at just 26.7 per cent after half-time.

Perth have to regroup when they hit the road for the first time this season, playing United in Melbourne on Sunday.

Cairns will be trying to build on this win when they travel to Adelaide to play the 36ers on Friday.

Wildcats end NBL honeymoon for Phoenix .
Reigning NBL champions the Perth Wildcats have handed new franchise the South East Melbourne Phoenix their first loss of the season.The Phoenix hit a Wildcats defensive roadblock and came off second best in a 110-79 loss at the RAC Arena on Friday night.

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