Cairns coach fuming after Hawks defeat

Dec 28, 2017 - 9:51 PM Cairns Taipans coach Aaron Fearne will seek a 'please explain' from the NBL over a controversial late call as his team lost 106-102 to Illawarra Hawks in the highest-scoring game of the season.

The two teams put on a spectacular show, landing 32 three pointers - the most in 18 seasons and just one shy of equalling the alltime league record.

But Fearne was fuming after Taipans captain Cam Gliddon was whistled for a technical foul by rookie referee Nico Fernandes after raising his arms in reaction to a call moments earlier.

The Hawks were awarded a free throw and possession of the ball and went on to clinch their seventh win of the season.

Fearne later described the call as ridiculous.

"All I'll say is this - if that's how guys are going to get 'teed' up in a moment like that, then I better see a tech every single game when a player reacts," he said.

"That was just ridiculous in a game like that, for that to happen at that moment and that's what's disappointing.

"There'll have to be some explanation to me from the NBL and why that was called at that time.

"It's a really good game and both teams are competing. There's emotion there and you want that, so to make that call, that's wrong to me."

The Taipans slipped to 8-10 for the season heading into their New Year's Eve home clash with reigning NBL champions Perth.

On the plus side, former Australian Boomers centre Nate Jawai is a chance of returning from injury against the Wildcats.

Fearne was also encouraged by American guard Scoochie Smith's 21-point performance against the Hawks.

"He's been struggling a bit and not shooting the ball well, but now the expectation is there," he said of Smith.

"That's what he showed he can do and now the expectation is come out and put the foot on the throat all the time."

The Hawks remained in finals contention with their second straight win and host Brisbane on New Year's Eve.

"This team, everyone leaves their ego at the door and that's what makes this group special," Illawarra coach Rob Beveridge said."

That was a high quality game and it was our style of game. That's who we are. We can light it up and score."

Source: AAP

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