CQUni Cairns Taipans v Sydney Kings 4 October 2019

So that's the real season off to a start, albeit not the way we had hoped. With Sydney tipped to win the comp this season, it was always going to be a big ask, and even though we led by as many as 13 at one point, Q4 killed us and we lost by 8, 71 - 79. Our first real hitout with everyone playing hard, not what you see in pre-season. Kouat Noi wants to be NBL Rookie of the Year - not a bad start , 14 points and 12 rebounds. Almost worth the price of admission to watch Nate Jawai and Andrew Bogut going at each other. Nate won on points (10 - 6); Bogie won on rebounds (12 - 6). Up next, Melbourne United at the end of the month.

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