Taipans coach Aaron Fearne.
Taipans coach Aaron Fearne. Chris Hyde

Taipans hoping 36ers won't rebound

BASKETBALL: Cairns coach Aaron Fearne says his team must rebound better against the ladder-leading 36ers in Adelaide tonight as the Taipans bid to seal a top-four spot and a place in the NBL playoffs.

The Taipans completed the first part of their mission to win the home-and-away series against Adelaide in the final round with a thrilling 89-85 victory on Thursday night at the Cairns Convention Centre.

They must succeed again in Adelaide tonight to give them any hope of continuing the season and Fearne said there has to be improvement in the key.

"We've got to be better than we were tonight,” he said. "We got our butts whipped on the glass.

"Their length and athleticism and competitive spirit in that department of the game was better than ours.”

Fearne said the home crowd had got the team across the line on Thursday and was hoping the win could inspire his players one more time tonight.

"This building has always been extremely energising when you get going,” he said of the Cairns Convention Centre.

"You know when you make some big plays in this place the crowd really gets into it and you can really ride that momentum, and we did.”

The Taipans will be hoping the bottom-placed Brisbane Bullets can beat the second-placed Hawks tonight in Wollongong.

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