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Jamar is being well recieved by the Austrakians already....


Taipans push European giants


August 29, 2011, 09:09 AM AEST


By: Brad Burdon



The Cairns Taipans battled hard but were ultimately outclassed by European giants Alba Berlin in the final game of their Chinese tournament, going down 84-67.


The final score line was not a real indicator of how close the game was with typically less than five points separating the sides for three-quarters of the game.


Alba, who have an annual player salary budget of over $5 million, were forced to play many of their stud imports for well over 30 minutes against the feusty Taipans.


Import Cairns point guard Jamar Wilson put on a spectacle for the Chinese crowd finishing with 13 points, but was essentially unguardable for most of the night.

Brad Hill had arguably his best game on tour and was relentless at trying to get to the rim on his way to a game high 21 points while Dusty Rychart was at his workman like best compiling 14 points.


"Having watched or being involved with all 11 Taipans seasons thus far, I can honestly say that we have never had a player with some of his moves play in our city before and people should be genuinely excited about getting down to the Convention Centre for a little Bronx 'flava'," said Taipans representative Brad Burdon.


"The Germans are a multi-million Euro team and showed their class from the outset and deserved their victory. It was a bizarre spectacle however standing there for the German national anthem and then watching five Americans trot out as their starting line up. Another interesting fact is that the top two American imports on their roster combined are paid more than the NBL salary cap allows for an entire team in Australia."

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