COVID-19 pandemic halts Taipans’ free agency

From nbl.com.au : Cairns coach Mike Kelly has revealed the COVID-19 situation has numerous Taipans locked down across the world, as the club’s free agency and offseason plans come to an unexpected halt. With a majority of Cairns’ playing group already settled in different cities globally to begin their winter programs, the COVID-19 lockdown has thrown a spanner in the works and forced the Taipans to adjust their methods. After a stunning NBL20 campaign, where Cairns fell one win shy of qualifying for the Grand Final, Kelly wants his side…

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Cairns pushes series to decisive Game 3 with 85-74 win

From nbl.com.au: The Cairns Taipans have answered every challenge so far in a remarkable #NBL20 campaign and they responded to the call on Sunday at Cairns Convention Centre to fix up what went wrong Friday and beat the Perth Wildcats 85-74 in Game 2 of the semi-final series. MVP Bryce Cotton was simply unstoppable on Friday night despite the best defender in the league DJ Newbill making him work hard for everything he earned. Cotton still delivered 42 points including 10/19 shooting from three and the Snakes just couldn’t let…

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Melbourne keeps hopes alive with 99-83 win over Cairns

From nbl.com.au : Melbourne United took a significant step towards salvaging their season by still reaching the post-season knocking off the finals bound Cairns Taipans in likely their best performance of #NBL20 on Thursday. With 6315 fans screaming like a sold out crowd at Melbourne Arena, United found a way to score their first win over the Taipans in four tries and keep alive their hopes of finishing in fourth place. The loss for the Snakes means they are locked into finishing in third position as their four-game winning streak…

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Cairns beats up on Adelaide 108-91

From nbl.com.au : The Cairns Taipans have taken another significant step towards what would be a remarkable NBL finals appearance after Saturday night’s 108-91 smackdown of the Adelaide 36ers at Cairns Convention Centre. The Snakes were in charge all night for a complete wire-to-wire masterclass of three-point shooting, as four Snakes drained three triples or more and the team went 16/35 from downtown, including an unconscious 7/9 third term. Cairns now holds a 13-10 record with a strong points percentage, but have just a single home game remaining – against…

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NBL Preview: Round 10 Cairns v New Zealand

From NBL.com.au : When: 7.30pm (AEDT), Friday 6 December Where: Cairns Convention Centre Broadcast: ESPN; Sky Sports NZ; SBS On Demand The last time New Zealand 93 (Webster 23, Hampton 18, Ashley 14) d Cairns 85 (Oliver 23, Deng 18, Noi 16), Round 5, Spark Arena This was a bad day for the Breakers. Forget the eight-point win or the incredible Corey Webster performance or even the defensive effort that forced Cairns into 19 turnovers, because this was the day they lost Scotty Hopson to injury. All the on-court struggles and off-court dramas…

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Kouat Noi puts NBL on notice: “I think I am going to win Rookie of the Year”

Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria Cairns Taipans rookie Kouat Noi believes he’ll have a major impact on the NBL right out of the gate. The versatile forward has made it clear that he’s not messing around when it comes to his debut professional season, declaring himself the best rookie to enter the NBL in over a decade. Noi, who turned pro back in May after two years at Texas Christian University (TCU), is expected to start and play major minutes for the Taipans this season. And the 21-year-old is…

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Tom Jervis signs with Cairns

From nbl.com.au : The Cairns Taipans have announced the signing of three-time NBL Champion Tom Jervis for their upcoming 2019/20 campaign. The experienced 211cm centre commits to Cairns on a two-year deal, after playing for the Perth Wildcats and Brisbane Bullets, achieving averages of 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds across his six-year career. Taipans Head Coach Mike Kelly said that he was pleased he could acquire Jervis’ signature, and that all of his winning traits were transferrable to the Cairns program. “Tom is good player on both ends of the court. Tom frees up his…

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Melo Trimble signs with Melbourne United

The Melbourne United announced today that they have signed All-NBL second teamer Melo Trimble to a one-year contract. The University of Maryland product player for the Cairns Taipans last season, playing in all 28 of the club’s games where he averaged 22.5 points, 4.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 34 minutes per contest. Trimble started off with a bang setting a club record for most points in a debut when he dropped 32 in his first game. He scored in double figures in all but one game, scoring…

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Sydney defeats Cairns 89-84

From nbl.com.au : The Sydney Kings took care of business beating the Cairns Taipans 89-84 on Saturday at Qudos Bank Arena to give themselves a chance of ending the regular season in second position. Sydney had to beat the dangerous Taipans on their home floor on Saturday in their last game of the regular season to be any chance of finishing second to earn the home court advantage in the semi finals. That job was made more of a challenge when superstar point guard Jerome Randle didn’t suit still sore…

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Melbourne suffers costly defeat from Cairns

From nbl.com.au : All season the Cairns Taipans threatened to take a big scalp and in the final round they did the job taking down Melbourne United at Melbourne Arena on Thursday night. The Taipans came in with only five wins but they held their nerve and rode their talents to a spirited 87-85 win and potentially reshaped the upcoming finals series. Melbourne staged a dramatic late comeback from 82-74 down with five minutes to play gaining the ball with 18 seconds left and a chance to take the lead.…

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