Taipans coach backs Gliddon as stellar game overlooked
CAIRNS Taipans coach Aaron Fearnehas expressed his disappointment at NBL officials for overlooking rookie Cam Gliddon's game-winning performance against Perth Wildcats.
The league yesterday handed its player of the week award to Wollongong's Adris Deleondespite Gliddon's dominant showing against the league's second-ranked team and reigning MVP Kevin Lisch.
"We just sit up here in little old Cairns and it's like we don't even exist," Fearne said.
Gliddon put up 26 points against the league's top defence and chipped in with six rebounds and five steals to help the Taipans to a 78-72 win at the Convention Centre.
But the league awarded the honour to Deleon for his 31-point, eight-assist and seven-rebound performance in the third-ranked Hawks' 88-82 win over the fifth-ranked Melbourne Tigers.
"Adris and Ben Madgen(33 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in Sydney's win over Townsville) were outstanding, but I thought Cameron played an outstanding game against a very good defence," he said.
"When you look at that fact and the fact he had to defend Kevin, I don't know how you can go past him."
Fearne said of the snub: "It's like anyone, they have their egos and they want to be recognised for the job they do. They may say it doesn't bother them, but that's a lie."
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Powerful performance: Cam Gliddon was outstanding against Perth, scoring 26 points in a dominant display. Picture: BRENDAN FRANCIS