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Cairns outmuscle Bullets in Qld NBL derby

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/12/2016 Matt Harris

Mark Worthington and Daniel Kickert come into contact in Brisbane. © Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Mark Worthington and Daniel Kickert come into contact in Brisbane. A relentless Cairns Taipans have exacted revenge on the Brisbane Bullets in the second Queensland derby of the NBL season with an 89-84 victory in Brisbane on Saturday night.

The five-point margin failed to reflect the Taipans' dominance despite the Bullets clawing back from 21 points down midway through the third quarter to trail by only one in the fourth.

The result was extra sweet for the Taipans after having their previous clash against the Bullets cut short due to a power blackout in Cairns during round-six, with the result eventually ruled in Brisbane's favour.

Travis Trice and Torrey Craig top scored for their respective sides with 24 points each, while Craig collected 10 rebounds as the Bullets slumped to consecutive home defeats and slipped from first to third on the ladder.

The derby started at a cracking pace with both teams playing high-tempo basketball, but it was Cairns who held an eight-point advantage at the first break on the back of a 16-2 run late in the quarter.

The points dried up at either end of the court during the start of the second quarter before the Taipans found their range to further constrict the Bullets on the back of seven first-half triples.

Heading into the third with a 48-38 lead, Cairns continued Brisbane's misery as they stretched their lead beyond 20 points midway through the quarter with turnovers proving costly for the hosts.

A late third-quarter rally by the Bullets gave their fans optimism prior to the final stretch as Brisbane brought the deficit back to nine points.

The Bullets came within one point of Cairns just prior to the five-minute mark of the final quarter.

But that was as close as they got to victory and the visitors claimed the five point win and moved to fourth on the NBL ladder.

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