Taipans end United's NBL winning streak
Melbourne United's six-game NBL winning streak has come to an end, beaten 93-86 by the Cairns Taipans.Cairns kept the red-hot United to 31 points in the second and third quarters to bring an end to Melbourne's six-game winning streak.
Sydney Kings NBL point guard Kevin Lisch is fit again after a lengthy lay-off and ready to return for Friday's top of the table clash in Perth. They have the biggest ladder lead by any team at the end of round nine in NBL history, three and a half games ahead of second -placed Perth (8-5).
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Sydney have suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this NBL season, with an electric fourth-quarter comeback falling short against Cairns.
Two days after being hammered in Perth, the league leaders have fallen 109-98 to a reborn Taipans outfit who have leaped into the top four.
American DJ Newbill led Cairns with a game-high 29 points, while guard Scott Merchado (21 points, nine assists, seven rebounds) flirted with a triple-double.
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The Cairns Taipans are an Australian professional basketball team based in Cairns , Queensland. The Taipans compete in the National Basketball League ( NBL ) and play their home games at the Cairns Convention Centre, known colloquially as "The Snakepit".
Cairns had kept the Kings in check for most of Sunday evening, and had a 17-point lead on a Majok Deng trey early in the fourth quarter.
However, Sydney star Casper Ware ignited the Qudos Bank Area crowd with a sizzling 21 points in the period to cut the deficit to five with two minutes to go.
But a clutch triple from Merchado, as well as some composed free-throw shooting, gave the Taipans their fifth win in six games.
Ware finished with 23 points and seven assists, with his 21 in the fourth quarter breaking the record for the highest individual score in a quarter in league history.
Only 48 hours after their big loss to the Wildcats, the Kings' struggles on the defensive end continued when they conceded 30 points in the opening quarter at home.
Lisch to bolster NBL leading Sydney Kings
Sydney Kings NBL point guard Kevin Lisch is fit again after a lengthy lay-off and ready to return for Friday's top of the table clash in Perth.Lisch participated in Sydney's first two games of the season but hasn't played since October 12, when the two-time league MVP fractured his ankle in the win over Adelaide.
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Sydney had their issues on the offensive end as well, with Ware and returning veteran Kevin Lisch being held scoreless for the half.
Ware finally grabbed his first points early in the third quarter, but their biggest problem was stopping a Taipans offence who were firing on all cylinders.
Newbill, in particular, had the Kings' defence in fits, scoring 13 points in the term to give Cairns an 11-point lead at the final break.
Their cushion ballooned to 17 when the visitors opened the fourth with consecutive treys, before Ware exploded.
Held to just two points over the opening 36 minutes, the American point guard scored nine-straight points to spark the 8638 crowd.
However, the Taipans held on to claim their maiden victory at Sydney Olympic Park in 11 attempts, as well as their first this season against a top-three team.
Kings and Wildcats power clear in NBL .
The Sydney Kings and Perth Wildcats appear destined to battle for regular season honours in the NBL after emphatic wins in round 11.The defending champion Wildcats were the big movers in round 11, with two more wins giving them four in the space of nine days.