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Kings shoot for NBL home court record

20/01/2006 11:16:50 PM Comments (0)

History beckons the Sydney Kings after an unconvincing 93-83 victory over the Cairns Taipans at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Sydney need to only beat the lowly New Zealand Breakers on January 29 to become the first Kings team to go through a season undefeated at home.

The ten point win over the Taipans was their 19th successive at the King Dome and maintained Sydney's place at the top of the NBL table.

The all time NBL record for successive wins at home is held by the Adelaide 36ers who in the 1985-86 season won 20 consecutive games at home.

Sydney have not lost at home since February 9 last year when beaten by the Wollongong Hawks.

In a scratchy performance against the Taipans the Kings were constantly frustrated by a high personal foul count of 25.

Sydney led by as many as 20 points before the Taipans made a remarkable comeback to trail by just a point by the end of the third quarter.

However 14 points by Sydney's CJ Bruton in the final term saw the Kings home.

Sydney travel to Wollongong on Saturday to play the Hawks.

Kings coach Brian Goorjian does not believe his champion team is playing well enough to win a fourth successive NBL title.

"It's been a dream run", Goorjian said.

And any home-wins record will count for nothing if the Kings do not again win the championship.

"We are not playing well enough yet to win this thing," Goorjian said.

"We need to get better.

"We certainly didn't play well tonight, but it's not a bad thing to get refocused again."

Goorjian's sentiment was backed up by Taipans coach Alan Black who also believes the Kings are looking vulnerable.

Black said the season ending injury to Sydney star Roland Roberts has given the rest of the league hope.

"They are definitely beatable," Black said.

"I thought we had them tonight.

But for the opening two quarters it didn't look like the Taipans had a chance.

Central to their remarkable comeback was Gary Boodnikoff who drilled four three pointers in the second quarter.

"It was good to see him play well."

"I'd like to think he's on the verge of Australian selection", Black said of Boodnikoff, who scored 21 points tonight.

Bruton finished the night with 24 points.

"I put it on my shoulders to be more aggressive," Bruton said.

"I felt I had to be aggressive after getting into foul trouble."

The Taipans continue their road trip playing the Wildcats in Perth on Sunday.

They must win that game to have any hope of qualifying for next month's play-offs.

Sydney have already guaranteed themselves a top two finish.

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