Snakes' ladder crisis and duo's feat inspire
A MUST-WIN situation and two fan favourites celebrating milestones Taipans coach Aaron Fearne admits there is not much else that could motivate his side to defeat league-leaders Wollongong in Cairns tomorrow afternoon.The coach plans on using milestone men Aaron Grabau and Dusty Rychart who will play their 400th and 300th career game respectively as inspiration for a side that has slumped to 3-6 and has more home losses than any other team.
Back-up point guard Kerry Williams will also miss the game with a groin injury, set to be replaced by Shaun Bruce.
"It can't get much worse; we've lost more home games than any other club and our home court used to be a fortress," Fearne said.
He said they would maximise the "feel good" value of his veteran pair's achievements.
"You celebrate both of them. To be doing this is pretty special and fans should be pretty proud of that and teammates proud too," he said.
"It gives you that bit more motivation to get a win and we need one of those."
Wollongong have had the better of the Taipans this season, keeping them to 58 and 59 points in their two encounters.
Rychart, who has been slow to gain form since coming back from injury, was hopeful of adding more for the side on Sunday.
"I haven't been happy with my output this year and I've been playing less minutes, but I started to feel comfortable last weekend," he said.
Grabau said he would be happy if their 700-game achievement contributed in some way to a win.
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Milestones: Cairns Taipans veterans Dusty Rychart and Aaron Grabau will celebrate their 300th and 400th National Basketball League appearances. Picture: MARC McCORMACK