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Taipans coach laments NBL away days start

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Steve Barrett

Cairns Taipans coach Aaron Fearne has described the NBL's front-loaded scheduling of away matches for his side as 'not easy' following Friday's comprehensive 83-67 loss to the Adelaide 36ers at Titanium Security Arena.

It was the Taipans' third successive defeat - all on the road - the early-season fixturing similar to last season when Cairns was quickly on the back foot with six away outings among its first eight matches.

In 2014/15, the Taipans progressed to the grand final after only one of their first five matches was at home.

"It's not easy. Three years in a row we've started our schedules that way," Fearne said.

"We can't do anything about that.

"We've got seven of our first 10 on the road and we've got to find a way to get wins."

"Not much (more) I can say about the question, really."

The Snakes are finally home this Friday to host Melbourne United at the Convention Centre where Fearne is hoping for a big improvement in the team's spluttering offence which became far too reliant on forlornly launching long-range missiles against the Sixers.

With import Fuquan Edwin (0-for-7) the worst offender, Cairns jacked up 42 three-pointers - or nearly two-thirds of the 66 attempts from the field.

The Taipans' high-risk policy of chasing the 29-16 quarter-time deficit from the perimeter was never likely to succeed and unlikely to be repeated.

"We're not going to shoot 40 threes a game (moving forward), I can tell you that," Fearne said.

"Defensively we're okay but we're not going to win games averaging 70 points a game like we are right now.

"We're not going to win anything doing that."

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