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    Melbourne United vs Cairns Taipans

    2017/18 NBL Season, November 2, 2017

    Hisense Arena, Melbourne, VIC
    Melbourne United Cairns Taipans
    87 SCORE 65
    31 Q1 23
    17 Q2 13
    21 Q3 16
    18 Q4 13

    An underperforming Melbourne United will look to turn their NBL season around with an important home game against the inconsistent, but still dangerous Cairns Taipans. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEDT).

    Melbourne might have come into the season as favourites, but some key injuries, a stack of road games and a trip to the USA seems to be messing with them.

    A roster with Chris Goulding, Casey Prather and Casper Ware – who on paper at least form the strongest backcourt combination in the competition – shouldn’t be sitting with a record of two and three from their five games.

    This is only their second home game of the season though, and they have suffered some close losses, including last time out on the Gold Coast when they fell to the Brisbane Bullets by just two points.

    Other close losses have occurred against the Perth Wildcats and Adelaide 36ers, both of which are not each places to travel.

    United will need rapid improvement though, and it has to start on their home floor against a Cairns side who they should soundly beat. Falling too far behind an even win-loss record in this competition is a catalyst for disaster and will put alot of pressure on them over what is shaping as a difficult back half of the season.

    The Taipans, on the other hand, have been up and down. Their last start loss at home to the Adelaide 36ers was a tough pill to swallow, but a win against the Wildcats the weekend before – especially by 21 points – was both unexpected and fantastic for the northern Queensland-based club.

    That performance sets the bar. Last season, it was their defence which was the starring light for the Taipans, and while they have lost Mark Worthington who led them in that field, it’s been up and down this season.

    Against the Wildcats, they were restrictive, with Perth scoring just 69 points and if they want to challenge Melbourne with their offensive firepower, they will have to play at a similar level.

    Prediction
    It’s hard to tip against United with their stacked roster at home, no matter what their form has been like. Cairns will keep it close, relying on their defence, but United have too many weapons and will win down the stretch.

    United by 7.

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    • Roar Guru

      9:23pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:23pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me this evening on The Roar for our live coverage of the NBL as Melbourne got the better of Cairns in a blowout victory.

      Hopefully you enjoyed the call.

      We will be back next weekend with another game in the NBL.

      Before then, I’ll be live at 8pm (AEDT) as Week 2 of the Rugby League World Cup gets underway with Australia taking on France.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      9:21pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:21pm | ! Report

      Thoughts on the game Roarers?

    • Roar Guru

      9:19pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:19pm | ! Report

      FULLTIME

      The Taipans with a few points down the stretch here, but we are well and truly into garbage time.

      Melbourne with a stack of misses, then an offensive foul against Kuany Kuany.

      12 seconds and United will just dribble this out – in fact, Hooley will hit a three on the buzzer.

      What a victory for Melbourne. They have been absolutely dominant from start to finish here at Hisense Arena. They put up 31 points in the first quarter and they just haven’t looked back. Their defence was also superb, led by Casey Prather with a number of steals. He was strong on offence alongside Casper Ware and Chris Goulding who made his return to form.

      Melbourne now get ready to host Adelaide on Saturday night.

      A lot to work on for Cairns. The inconsistency is killing them, and while they hung around for most of tonight’s game, they never remotely looked like they were in a position where they could win it.

      Melbourne United – 87
      Cairns Taipans – 61

      United –
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    • Columnist

      9:16pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 9:16pm | ! Report

      Dam wall way have broken here Scott.

      • Roar Guru

        9:20pm
        Scott Pryde said | 9:20pm | ! Report

        It certainly did. Much-needed win for United, but they need to do that again on Saturday against Adelaide. That will give us a true indication of exactly where they are at.

    • Roar Guru

      9:14pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:14pm | ! Report

      Q4 1′

      Moller to Andersen in the post, then it’s Hooley to Tohi Smith-Milner who hits a wide open three with his opening touch of the game.

      United – 84
      Taipans – 61

    • Roar Guru

      9:14pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:14pm | ! Report

      Q4 1′

      Carrera makes both and then heads straight off. Crowd giving him plenty.

      United – 81
      Taipans – 61

    • Roar Guru

      9:13pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:13pm | ! Report

      Q4 2′

      You have to guard Casper Ware. Come on now. Wide open three and that’s too easy.

      The Taipans must fight till the end here. Percentages could be the difference when it comes to the end of the finals, so, it’s worth scrapping for every point.

      Smith answers back with a bucket, United miss and then Carrera is fouled in the paint by Majok.

      United – 81
      Taipans – 59

    • Roar Guru

      9:12pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:12pm | ! Report

      Q4 3′

      Melbourne are just dominating here. 20 point game, but there are no easy points here. Scoochie Smith goes up and Ware brings it down with a huge rejection.

      From the inbound, it’s Smith to Loughton and they have a shot clock violation.

      United – 78
      Taipans – 56

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