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Cadee faces fine over Kings-Taipans melee

NZN 7/11/2016 Tim Keeble and Warren Barnsley

Jason Cadee is facing a paltry fine after being singled out as the instigator of an ugly melee between Sydney and Cairns.

The NBL has charged the Kings guard with unsportsmanlike behaviour for inflaming tensions during his side's home court victory on Monday night.

Cadee lead the remonstration against Nnanna Egwu after the Taipans player put a heavy block attempt that brought Sydney's Greg Whittington to the floor.

The Kings remain on top of the ladder with a 6-2 record after winning the heated round-five clash, with captain Kevin Lisch sinking a shot in the final second to clinch a 79-77 victory.

But the big talking point of game was the melee that spilled over the sidelines when Cairns held a 31-28 lead leading late in the first half.

Cadee can escape with a $375 fine should he enter an early-plea guilty, while Egwu and the Kings' Aleks Maric, who dragged opponent Mark Worthington away from the ruckus in a headlock, have escaped sanction.

Taipans coach Aaron Fearne has shrugged off his team's involvement in the dust-up, saying it was just the Australian way.

"In Australia we just kind of seem to let those things go," he said.

"It's like, hey, no problem, move on. So if that's the way it is, all good.

"It was a pretty major scuffle but I'd have to go back and look at the video and see if it was really out of line and if it was dealt with the right way.

"Obviously it got pretty fiery. I didn't appreciate Worthington getting put in a headlock."

Sydney coach Andrew Gaze said the altercation might have had a galvanising effect on his players and the crowd but hoped it was an isolated incident.

"We don't want to see it in our game," Gaze said.

"In hindsight it didn't hurt us and there's something to be said for flying the flag and bringing the guys together and looking after each other.

"It certainly got the crowd involved and there was a bit of emotion and passion.

"I was just trying to break things up, thinking, 'Please don't hit me, anyone'.

"I said to the guys don't do it again. It wasn't something that hurt us but it could've."

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