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Heuir fires but Bullets beat the blackout

Cairns Taipans guard Damon Heuir enjoyed a career night against the Brisbane Bullets but Sunday's game will most likely be remembered for its unusual ending. 


UPDATE 11:50AM MONDAY:

NBL STATEMENT: FINAL DECISION, CAIRNS V BRISBANE

On Sunday 13th November, 2016 a malfunctioning underground cable caused the loss of power to hundreds of homes and businesses in Cairns during the final quarter of the Round 6 match up between the Cairns Taipans and Brisbane Bullets being played at the Cairns Convention Centre.

At 3:58pm local time the power was lost to the Stadium and the game was stopped with 1:31 remaining in the 4th quarter with the score being (Cairns) 76 – (Brisbane) 84.

At 4:30pm local time the NBL made the decision to abandon the game with no prospect of an immediate resolution being available. Power was restored at 5:15pm local time.

At 4:30pm local time the NBL made the decision to abandon the game with no prospect of an immediate resolution being available. Power was restored at 5:15pm local time.

This morning the NBL reviewed the result due to a formal protest from the Cairns Taipans. After careful consideration the NBL has determined that the result will stand as per the scores at the time the game was abandoned.


YESTERDAY:

No-one has beaten the Cairns Taipans at home in a full 40-minute game this season.

But the Brisbane Bullets have done the next best thing walking away with a controversial 84-76 victory at the Cairns Convention Centre on Sunday afternoon.

The Snakes (4-4) were still in the game with 94 seconds left when a power outage forced the game to be abandoned.

Fans lit up the venue with their mobile phones and started a chant while they waited for the game to resume.

The Bullets (4-4) dominated the glass all afternoon, out rebounding Cairns 37-26, including 14-6 on the offensive end.

The home team skipped out to a 38-26 lead midway through the second period behind smooth moving import Fuquan Edwin.

But the visitors pegged the home team back, taking a slender 45-43 lead into the main break.

Cairns’ offence sputtered in the third quarter despite young gun Damon Heuir scoring eight points in the term as the Bullets extended their halftime advantage.

The Snakes lacked energy for much of the second half before the power outage brought the game to an unexpected end.

It’s understood the Taipans may appeal the result. The league is set to review the match on Monday.

The Taipans next game is away against Melbourne United on Friday night.


BRISBANE BULLETS 84 (Jervis 12, Kickert 12, Craig 11, Gibson 11, Petrie 11)

CAIRNS TAIPANS 76 (Heuir 15, Worthington 14, Edwin 13)