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Molloy gagged after Taipans loss

22/11/2004 05:16:02 AM Comments (0)

Taipans coach Guy Molloy has been gagged by the NBL from commenting on the horror schedule that played a big part in his side's nailbiting 108-105 loss to Brisbane in Cairns on Sunday.

Molloy received a memo from the NBL not to comment on a draw which saw the Taipans play four games in eight days. Brisbane coach Joey Wright, described Cairns' schedule as the most "ridiculous" in professional sport.

Brisbane took an 89-86 lead into the final quarter, but only secured the win when Cairns guard Nathan Crosswell missed a long bomb on the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.

The loss leaves the Taipans with a 5-9 win-loss record after a weekend which saw them make 12-hour flight at 3.30am on Saturday morning from Auckland to Cairns.

Cairns' horror run began with a four-point loss to Melbourne at home last Saturday night, before they reversed that result against the Tigers on Wednesday night. They then beat New Zealand in Auckland on Friday night before Sunday's loss at home.

"I just got a memo from the NBL telling me not to comment on the schedule," Molloy said.

"We had four games in eight days and some of the guys just shouldn't have played tonight.

"But you couldn't ask for anything more from them, they played their hearts out but they were done before the game."

Wright told his team to run at Cairns, figuring that the Taipans' legs would give out.

Big guns Kevin Freeman 28 points and 13 rebounds, Stephen Black 26 points and Bobby Brannen 25 points starred for the visitors.

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