11 Feb 2012

Taipans and Blaze record Friday night wins in ANBL

4:38 pm on 11 February 2012

A devastating third term helped the Taipans romp to a 76-67 Australian National Basketball League win over the Perth Wildcats in Cairns.

Perth's big guns were squeezed out of the contest by Jamar Wilson (24 points), Ian Crosswhite (eight points, 12 rebounds, six assists) and the Taipans' trademark defence.

The Taipans scored 20-1 in the first six minutes of the third quarter, including a blistering 14-0 run to start the term.

Despite the loss the Wildcats remain second on the ANBL ladder with the Taipans in fifth.

Also Friday night the Gold Coast Blaze steamrolled the Kings 84-72 in Sydney.

The Blaze were in foul trouble and trailed by six points at halftime before Gibson (17 points, nine assists) exploded with 15 points and three assists in the third quarter.

The win lifts the Gold Coast to third level with the Townsville Crocs while the Kings are in seventh place, third from bottom.