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Taipans Spoil Bruton’s Farewell
- Updated: March 21, 2014
The Cairns Taipans spoiled CJ Bruton’s going away party as they defeated the NZ Breakers 95-83 in New Zealand on Friday night.
Even though both teams are out of the playoff race after being knocked out last round, both teams came out running and gunning as the NZ Breakers scored 32 points in the first quarter.
Cairns were down 1 import after Jamar Wilson was ruled out during the week due to an injury. Even so, they kept in touch with New Zealand thanks to the hot shooting of veteran Alex Loughton and young gun Cam Gliddon but trailed at the half 55-46.
The Taipans came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Breakers 26-11 in the 3rd term to take the lead.
Despite CJ Bruton’s small run in his final game, Cam Gliddon nailed a three with under 2 minutes to go to give the Taipans the 13 point lead and seal the game.
Bruton played well in his final game and the Breakers and fans gave him a touching tribute before and after the game as he left the court for the last time as Breaker, giving the crowd a speech about how before he came to the Breakers they had a hard time selling tickets to their North Shore venue, now they sell out the 9,000 seat venue.
Bruton scored 11 points and 3 assists in his final game as a Breaker.
Mike Vukona had his usual stat-stuffing game with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
For the Taipans, Cam Gliddon was feeling it all night. He had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in the win.
Gliddon was helped by Alex Loughton who had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.
In his last game in a Taipans uniform Demetri McCamey had 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.