Peter Crawford and Gary Ervin delivered Townsville an incredible 111-108 double-overtime win over the Cairns Taipans on Saturday night to keep the Crocs' NBL playoff hopes alive.
The combined for 30 points after three-quarter-time, engaging in a thrilling shoot-out with Cairns superstar Jamar Wilson, who scored 18 of his 23 points in the final 14 minutes of the game.
In a game of highlights, including a remarkable up-and-under dunk by Taipans import Shane Edwards that had seemingly given the visitors victory in the first overtime, the combination of Townsville's star duo eventually wore down the fatiguing Wilson.
Crawford finished with 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Ervin 28 points and six assists, and Luke Nevill added 17 points and eight rebounds.
Wilson added seven assists and six rebounds to his scoring bounty, Cam Gliddon produced 16 and nine rebounds, while Edwards notched up 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
Crawford started quickly with a jumper and assist for Townsville, but it was his counterpart Gliddon who stamped his authority on the first quarter.
The visitors led 23-21 at quarter-time and 44-36 at the main break.
Three-point shooting of Crawford and Todd Blanchfield came to the fore in the third term, pulling Townsville within two late in the period.
But Cairns always seemed to have the answers and, when the Crocs again pulled within a basket early in the final term, Steindl nailed two enormous triples to restore a nine-point buffer.
The Crocs chipped away, Crawford repeatedly attacking the basket and Ervin lightning on the fast-break as Townsville drew level with 3min 30sec remaining.
Blanchfield also stood tall with some big plays down the stretch, while Wilson was making sure the Taipans stayed alive with some athletic help from Edwards, but ultimately weight of numbers delivered Townsville a famous victory.
"That's a big win for us, the season was on the line a classic game for a Reptile Rumble," Crawford said.
"They're all tough games from here, we go to Perth on Friday. We don't have much room, but that win goes a long way to assuring everyone on our team that we can get it done.