Nate Jawai in action for the Taipans.
Nate Jawai in action for the Taipans. Chris Hyde

Coach wants three-headed Snakes attack

BASKETBALL: Taipans coach Aaron Fearne knows he cannot rely on just one of his stars to shoot the lights out if the Snakes are going to make the post-season.

The experienced mentor is calling on his three stars, Nate Jawai, Cameron Gliddon and Travis Trice, to spread the offensive load in the final four games of the regular season.

The Taipans were buoyed by outrageous shooting performances by Trice and Gliddon in their past two wins, over New Zealand and Brisbane. The skipper was 7-11 from the field, 26 points, as they rolled the Breakers on Australia Day while the import floor general drilled 8-11 for 27 points against the Bullets.

The Snakes famously run an equal opportunity offence, giving all five players on the floor a chance to contribute, and that is what Fearne wants.

The last time the Taipans beat the Hawks, on January 22, the trio contributed 48 points.

"You don't have continual success if you depend on just one or two guys," Fearne said.

"You need the team to perform. You want five or six guys in double figures as well as scoring options and threats all over the floor, not just teams locking in on one or two guys.

"It comes back to doing your job, when the ball calls to you, your number is called.

"Nate will be very important moving forward, there will be definite pressure for him to perform. We are going to need him to be very good as we will everybody else."

The Snakes (12-12) are equal fourth with Perth, who they host on Sunday.

The Far North club have arguably the toughest run home of all clubs - away at Illawarra, home to Perth and then a double-header against minor premier Adelaide.

For now, however, all focus is on the Hawks tomorrow.

"I have not even thought about the following weekend," Fearne said.

"It is about that next game and the next five minutes, that is our approach right now, just trying to tick these boxes.

"We need to have those short-term goals.

"We will not talk about Perth until we play Illawarra and I think every team is having that mindset right now."


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