Happy birthday Kouat Noi.
The newly-minted 25-year-old celebrated with a buzzer-beating dagger triple that ensured the Sydney Kings avoided an overtime slog against the valiant Cairns Taipans.
After a lacklustre first half where nary a lick of defence was played, Kings flexed their muscles, Noi put an end to any hope the Taipans had of claiming a second win in as many visits over the Kings at Qudos Bank Arena, 106-103.
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Sydney allowed the Taipans to drill 10 first-half threes on their way to 62 points, the franchise’s highest scoring half in the 40-minute era.
But, down 11 half way through the third, a 19-6 surge was punctuated by a pretty Xavier Cooks buzzer-beating touchdown off a Jordy Hunter…