Tahjere McCall has made a mercurial return from injury to lead the Taipans to a buzzer-to-buzzer 93-82 win against the Kings in a dramatic and spiteful semi final.
Cairns coach Adam Forde copped an early tech, Kings coach Chase Buford was tossed late, and players came together on multiple occasions late in the contest as emotions spilt over.
And to make matters worse for the Kings, they will be sweating on the fitness of NBL MVP Xavier Cooks, who left the court with an ankle injury halfway through the third quarter.
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Taipans and Breakers earn playoff wins | 01:25
Billed as the community vs the corporates and described by NBL owner Larry Kestelman as a David and Goliath battle, in a game played with the feeling and intensity a post-season game deserves.
And McCall, the…