Mark Worthington of the Taipans smiles during the round 16 NBL match between Cairns and the Illawarra Hawks.
Mark Worthington of the Taipans smiles during the round 16 NBL match between Cairns and the Illawarra Hawks. Ian Hitchcock

Taipans survive late fright against Hawks

BASKETBALL: The Cairns Taipans have held on for an 85-79 home win in their NBL clash with a fast-finishing Illawarra Hawks.

The hosts made all the early running, jumping to a seven-point lead at quarter-time, before consolidating in the second term.

After dominating the third, the Taipans took a 14-point lead into the final stanza, only to be given a major fright, with the Hawks storming home.

The visitors at one stage got back within two points, before the hosts pulled away in the dying minutes.

Cameron Gliddon led the way for Cairns, downing 18 points, while Nicholas Kay hit 20 for Illawarra.

Following the win, Taipans star and former Boomer Mark Worthington announced he would be retiring at the end of the season.

Scores: Taipans 85 Hawks 79, 36ers 87 Kings 73, Bullets 88 Melbourne 71, Wildcats 84 Taipans 78, Hawks 86 Breakers 95, 36ers 101 Bullets 68. Played last night: Breakers v Wildcats



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