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McCarron steps it up for Cairns in NBL

AAP logoAAP 6/01/2017

The Cairns Taipans have a new hero and his name is Mitch McCarron.

The 23-year-old guard almost single-handedly got the Taipans home against New Zealand on Friday night, when he scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to give them a 65-63 win and anchor the Breakers to the bottom of the NBL ladder.

Again and again McCarron penetrated the paint when the game was on the line and finished with 14 points, three assists and six rebounds.

Taipans Coach Aaron Fearne relieved a rev up he gave McCarron last week had the desired effect.

"I had a word with [McCarron] during a game a couple of games ago, where he needed to play with better intent," Fearne said

"You've always got to be asking the defence the question, 'are you going to stop me?'"

McCarron's performance comes just a week after he left the same court distraught after missing a game-winning shot against Melbourne.

With the Taipans regular guard rotation of Cam Gliddon and Jarrod Weeks putting in disappointing seasons to date, they might look to rely on their young rookie more often.

"Experienced players know that you're not even going to try and score, so they don't even guard you... now he's starting to think, if I'm open, shoot it or make a play'," Fearne said.

McCarron's performance helped to banish the Breakers to the bottom of the NBL table and coach Paul Henare was frustrated by how his men were on top for all but the quarter that mattered.

"I'm disappointed for the guys. I thought they played a good game of hoops for the majority of that game," Henare said.

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