A monster third quarter by the Sydney Kings has seen the home team run over Cairns Taipans 95-87 in game one of the best-of-three semi-finals series at Qudos Bank Arena on Wednesday night.
For the first half of the game it appeared a major upset was on the cards as the visitors out-shot, out-hustled and out-muscled the title favourites to lead by nine at the long break.
Yet the Kings would not have it.
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The home team exploded in the third quarter, out-scoring Cairns 27-10 and heading into the final stanza leading by eight.
League MVP Xavier Cooks (27 points, 14 rebounds and two stadium-rattling dunks) was again his team’s best but Sydney had several contributors notably Derrick Walton Jnr (21 points, five assists) and Tim Soares (14 points, four rebounds).