Young gun Kouat Noi (20 points) led the scoring for Cairns, while Nate Jai (14), DJ Newbill (14), Majok Deng (13), Cam Oliver (13) and Scott Machado (12) also made useful contributions.
While Brisbane led the rebound count, it was the Taipans’ hustle on the court which proved decisive.
Cairns had eight steals and 18 points from turnovers to underscore their dominance on the floor.
Nathan Sobey was Brisbane’s shining light with 20 points and seven assists.
However, star import Lamar Patterson struggled to find his rhythm for most of the night, though he ended up with 17 points after managing just three in the opening half