Taipans desperate to strike at Hawks
TAIPANS coach Aaron Fearne will ramp up the intensity of this week's training sessions as the Snakes attempt to snap a three-game losing streak against the ladder-leading Hawks at home on Sunday.Fearne was as critical of himself as he was of his team after last Friday's 83-76 overtime defeat to the Kings in Cairns.
In the post-match press conference, Fearne said he wasn't doing a good enough job of preparing his side each week.
After his unflattering self-assessment, Fearne will demand more from himself and his players ahead of the Hawks showdown.
"We're going to crank up the intensity, crank up the atmosphere at training and make everyone more accountable," he said.
"I think I'm pretty clear on what needs to get done and the guys know what roles they have to do."
Inconsistency has been the Taipans' biggest downfall this season, with the Kings loss perfectly illustrating the problem Fearne is trying to rectify.
The Taipans were dreadful in the first half and trailed 44-32 at the main break before fighting back to send the game into overtime.
The schizophrenic nature of the performance has become almost a habit for the Taipans, who have slumped to 3-6 this season.
"We'll play good and then some not so good basketball during a game," Fearne said.
"But we're not the Lone Ranger in the competition when it comes to that. Most of the other teams are having those problems as well.
"For us, it's a matter of levelling out our consistency."
Sunday would be a perfect time to start. Finishing second bottom last season, the Hawks have surprised NBL fans by moving to the top of the table and look the real deal after eight rounds.
Fearne said his players had every reason to fire up for the Wollongong side.
"We lost a tight one (against the Hawks) at home earlier in the season and two weeks ago we were in a pretty commanding position in the third quarter and let it go," he said.
"The guys should be pumped and extra motivated to play them again.
"We've lost four of our home games and lost the last two against them, so they (the Taipans) should be motivated to want to get out there and beat them."The Taipans meet the Wollongong Hawks at the Cairns Convention Centre on Sunday. Tip-off 4pm.
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