CAIRNS' Round 10 of the NBL season went from bad to worse yesterday afternoon as the Sydney Kings scored a comfortable win over the Taipans in Sydney.
The Taipans have never won at Qudos Bank Arena in their eight attempts, beaten yesterday afternoon, 88-69.
The defeat is their second of the round after they fell in a tight one to Brisbane on Thursday.
Sydney were atrocious in the opening quarter but fought back in the next two terms to build an unassailable lead by the final change.
The Taipans were outscored 30-14 in the third term as Sydney clinched their second victory over Cairns this season.
The Kings opening few minutes of the game were not of NBL standard as they looked disinterested and asleep as Cairns skipped out to a 18-4 lead.
A half court heave from guard Jarrad Weeks, who has form in the area, landed at the end of the first term to extend Cairns' lead to nine.
Weeks led Cairns with 14 points in the loss from the bench.
Despite the early dominance from Cairns, the Kings slowly wrestled the momentum back and took their first lead approaching halftime on the back of Jason Cadee's offensive efforts.
Likely NBL Rookie Of The Year Isaac Humphries kept Sydney in the game early on as he played with a new-found energy and enthusiasm.
The Snakes could not buy a bucket in the second term as Jerome Randle started to build into the game, leading to a two point advantage for Sydney at the long break.
The loss drops Cairns to 7-9 on the season as they face Adelaide on the road next.