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Saskibaloia
07-08-2007, 01:26 PM
The Australian Under 19 Men’s team, the Emus, were narrowly defeated 73-70 by China in their second game of the pre-World tournament in Caceres, Spain overnight.

Point guard Patrick Mills top scored with 21 points to lead the Emus with an outstanding display of leadership, commitment and skill while Shannon Seebohm returned from illness to score 14 points and Andrew Ogilvy added 12 points in support.

The Emus big-men – Ben Smith, Ogilvy, Daniel Jackson and Daniel Johnson battled tirelessly against a much taller and heavier Chinese opponent.

The first half was a fairly even encounter with both teams trying to control the game tempo and establish a break on their opponents.

The Emus went to the half time break ahead 36 - 35.

Unfortunately the Emus lost their way in the third quarter and only managed to record 10 points.

The Chinese zone was having its desired effect with the Aussies struggling to create open shots, the Chinese lead 55 - 46 at three quarter time.

The Emus showed real character in the final stanza and fought back to level the scores through a Pat Mills 3 pointer with only 30 seconds to play.

Unfortunately, the Chinese had the final possession and scored a long range three with just 3 seconds to play to record a 73-70.

Three players, Ben Dowdell, Ben Louis and Kevin Probert were unable to participate in the game due an upset stomach.

Coach Marty Clarke was disappointed with the failure of the Emus to control the game and the number of missed free throws at critical times during the game.

The team will play France tonight in their final game in Spain before travelling to Serbia for the World Championships.

China 73 defeated Australia 70 - Mills 21, Seebohm 14, Ogilvy 12, Goulding 5

:( Sometimes you have to learn to loose to an opponent that you normally would win against. Are they Chinese Under 19 Coaching Staff recruiting giants or something in China? Damn, if they are bigger than the Aussies, then they must by HUGE :D hmmm ... actually maybe its because Im a midget at 56" :D

BigFatPandaBear
07-08-2007, 05:15 PM
:( Sometimes you have to learn to loose to an opponent that you normally would win against. Are they Chinese Under 19 Coaching Staff recruiting giants or something in China? Damn, if they are bigger than the Aussies, then they must by HUGE :D hmmm ... actually maybe its because Im a midget at 56" :D

Chinese teams through the years at all levels were/are consistently larger than European and South American teams, never mind Australia. LOL

China's problem is with the smaller players (crappy guard play) and coaching/strategy.

Saskibaloia
07-09-2007, 05:00 AM
and coaching/strategy.

now come on... give some respect to the coach from Lithuania. You just have to look at his resume to see he is a winner.

BigFatPandaBear
07-12-2007, 12:44 AM
now come on... give some respect to the coach from Lithuania. You just have to look at his resume to see he is a winner.

Jonas is a recent import. Historically, Chinese basketball players were not well coached or drilled. They dominated Asia with adequate skills complimented by much greater size than the rest of Asia.

That is changing today. We'll see what happens in the coming years.

aussiemm
07-13-2007, 03:58 PM
Chinese players needs to be more physical

emuemu
08-24-2011, 11:55 AM
Thanks your reply