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Taipans fume as Nate Jawai fouls out

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 Josh Bristow

The Sydney Kings came from behind to steal an 86-78 win over Cairns but the Taipans believe things should have been very different.

The Taipans were furious that star centre Nate Jawai was called for a foul that saw him sit the rest of the game, which the Kings then dominated.

Sydney were leading by four points with six minutes on the clock when import Greg Whittington blew past Jawai and appeared to be fouled by Cairns guard Mitch McCarron at the basket.

But the referees awarded the foul to Jawai, his fifth; meaning the home side would be left without their most dangerous player for the contest's final stages.

Taipans' Coach Aaron Fearne said the wrong call had clearly been made.

"I thought it was Mitch, Mitch said it was him, so I have no idea where Nate comes into it," Fearne said.

"They were double-teaming him down there and if he's not there it changes the game in a very significant way."

Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze was similarly dumbfounded by the call.

"I know Jawai was in the area, Nate was there but if that is the case that is incredibly unlucky on their behalf," Gaze said.

"That would be a huge, huge error, but I don't know, it wasn't one of those bad ones because he was there."

The loss drops the Taipans win-loss record to 6-7, while the Kings now enjoy a three-game buffer atop the NBL ladder.

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