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Fearne unfazed by Kings-Taipans melee

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/11/2016 Tim Keeble

Cairns Taipans coach Aaron Fearne has shrugged off his NBL team's explosive dust-up with the Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena, saying it was just the Australian way.The Kings prevailed in a heated round-five clash on Monday night after captain Kevin Lisch sank a shot in the final second to clinch a 79-77 win.Sydney remain on top of the ladder with a 6-2 record heading into road games against Brisbane on Thursday and Melbourne United on Saturday.But the big talking point of Monday's battle was the melee that spilled over the sidelines when Cairns held a 31-28 lead leading late in the first half.Four players received unsportsmanlike fouls, while Cairns coach Aaron Fearne also became involved when he separated former Boomers teammates Aleks Maric and Mark Worthington.It remains to be seen if NBL officials take further action but Fearne was unfazed when asked about the incident."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 occurrence."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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