COACHES, players, fans, so-called experts have all remarked constantly at the craziness of the closest NBL season in history, but no team sums up the anarchy of the 2016-17 campaign more than Cairns.
Like a lot teams (apart from Adelaide) the Taipans have looked dead and buried as finals contenders but remarkably had the chance to go to second spot had they beaten the Hawks in Wollongong last Friday.
They missed the jump badly that night before bouncing back two days later with a gutsy home win over Perth to stay in fourth place and are, incredibly, still in finals contention despite being the only team to have never had a winning record at any stage this season.
Their clash with the Hawks in Wollongong was the fourth time the Snakes fought back to a 50 per cent win-loss ratio this season only to drop their next game. They’re win over Perth again puts them at an even 13-13 this season and their play-offs hopes rest on their ability to finally achieve the feat against Adelaide at home on Friday.