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01-16-2009, 02:41 AM
2009 Australian Youth Olympic
Sydney University Sports Centre, Sydney University

Day 1 - 14/1/2009
08:00 - 10:00 AUS 87 v NZL 37 - Women
10:00 - 12:00 JPN 75 v CHN 125 - Men
12:00 - 14:00 JPN v CHN - Women
14:00 - 16:00 AUS 83 v NZL 30 - Men

Day 2 - 15/1/2009
13:00 - 15:00 JPN 92 v NZL 71 - Men
15:00 - 17:00 JPN v NZL - Women
17:00 - 19:00 AUS 105 v CHN 76 - Men
19:00 - 21:00 AUS v CHN - Women

Day 3 - 16/1/2009
13:00 - 15:00 CHN v NZL - Men
15:00 - 17:00 CHN v NZL - Women
17:00 - 19:00 AUS v JPN - Women
19:00 - 21:00 AUS v JPN - Men

Day 4 - 17/1/2009
13:00 - 15:00 G13 Women's Bronze
15:00 -17:00 G14 Men's Bronze
17:00 - 19:00 G15 Women's Gold
19:00 - 21:00 G16 Men's Gold

* Schedule subject to change.

01-16-2009, 02:44 AM
China tower over Japan
14th January 2009
China held the advantage over Japan in the first men’s basketball match at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic festival, winning 125-73.

In a game that saw some tough contact on court, an offensive foul by China’s Zhiming Sham sent one Japanese player flying to the boards.

The foul was soon returned, and set the tone for the rough match. There was ankle pulling, pushing and elbowing. Boys will be boys.

Interestingly, a lot of the fouls against the Chinese players seemed to be offensive, and somewhat unnecessary. As a result, numerous shots at goal were discounted.

The Chinese team had a distinct height advantage which helped in the key, and led to an early lead at quarter time.

Both teams were fairly consistent with their accuracy, especially on the free throws – with the Chinese team shooting close to 100 per cent.

Japan came out fighting in the second quarter, competing goal for goal with the Chinese.

Time out came as a necessary reprieve for both teams, however the quick pace of the game seemed to be handled slightly better by the Chinese team.

The earlier game had the definite advantage heat wise: it became hotter and hotter as the game wore on. As the men got sweatier, and the game stayed rough, the two floor cleaners were put to good use.

Japan had a more successful third quarter, however, a loose ball by Japan’s number eight was picked up and turned into a slam dunk by China’s Mingxin Ju.

Japan was given a free throw late in the third quarter when China’s fouls reached ten. The Japanese team was vocal in their support from the sidelines, erupting every time one of their teammates was granted a free throw in the key.

Shang Gao was China’s top point scorer, with a total of 24 points. Japan’s top scorer was Yuki Sasahara with an impressive 17 points, more than a quarter of Japan’s total score.

The China team is the U18 Youth NT who may play in 2009 asia youth Game.

01-16-2009, 02:48 AM
Young Aussie men outclass Kiwis
14th January 2009
Australia's Youth Olympic Festival men's basketball team entirely outclassed its Trans-Tasman rival in Sydney this afternoon, trouncing New Zealand's best youth players by 53 points.

Holding New Zealand to single figure outputs in all four quarters, Australia led by 33 points at half time and finished 83-30 winners.

Starting swing man Anthony Drmic, the younger brother of former Boomer Frank Drmic, starred for Australia with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in 26 minutes on court.

Three other Australians, guards Jackson Aldridge and Jackson Hussey and centre Daniel Trist, scored in double figures while Scott Sharp led New Zealand with a mere 8 points off the bench.

Australia dominated the rebound count 40-21 and forced a whopping 32 Kiwi turnovers in the victory.

"We're happy obviously because we got the win but we've still got a long way to go I think with our group stuff and where we need to be, like defensively in the half court," Australia's head coah Paul Goriss said.

"They [New Zealand] were a bit rusty in what they were trying to do offensively.but I'll give credit to our guys defensively. We really locked down on the wings and on getting the ball up the floor and that's something that our group wants to pride itself on, being a great defensive team.

"Overall, everyone contributed and played well.and Drmic is a tough match up for anyone."

Forward Sam Rowley scored the opening basket of the match after a deft inbounds pass from Drmic and the Kiwis led 4-2 when Rowley he left the court with blood spewing from his split lip.

The sight of claret fired up the Aussies, who went on an unanswered 18-point run that blew the game open while New Zealand went scoreless for over 7 minutes.

Owen Odgie drove to the basket to take the Aussie run to 20 points before Max Williams ended the New Zealand drought with a three-point play. Australia then responded with a 10-point run to push the lead out to 27 as the Kiwis continued to struggle against the zone defence.

At half time Australia led by thirty-three points, 49-16, behind 61 per cent shooting and 11 points from Drmic and eight from point guard Aldridge. New Zealand, who shot at 33 per cent, had coughed up 15 turnovers.

A 10-2 Australian run did nothing to encourage the Kiwis after the break as Australia's defence led to fast break baskets at the other end of the floor. New Zealand upped the ante on defence but at three-quarter time the lead was stretched to 43 points, 64-21.

The game deteriorated somewhat in the final stanza, with Australia stretching their lead from 43 points to 53 points behind high-pressure defence.

Australia's next game will be against China at 5:00pm AET on Thursday. China, a team of tall timbers, defeated Japan 125-73 this morning.

"China has some long, athletic body types and we're going to have to be really good at defending them."

AUS: Aldridge, Greenwood, Drmic, Rowley, Trist
NZ: Williams, Karena, Temata-Frost, Rusbatch, McIlwaine

Quarter by quarter:
1: AUS 20 NZ 7
H: AUS 49 NZ 16 (29-9)
3: AUS 64 NZ 21 (15-5)
F: AUS 83 NZ 30 (19-9)

AUSTRALIA 83 - Anthony Drmic 19, Jackson Aldridge 11, Jackson Hussey 10, Daniel Trist 10 bt
NEW ZEALAND 30 - Scott Sharp 8, Tepasu Thomas 6, Ethan Rusbatch 6
at Sydney Uni Sports and Aquatic Centre
Australian Youth Olympic Festival

01-16-2009, 02:52 AM
New Zealand and Japan share the spoils
15th January 2009
The Japanese and New Zealand men’s and women’s basketball teams meet on day two of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival with the nations taking a victory each.

The New Zealand women came out hungry from the beginning of what was going to be a tough match, one which they lost to Japan 92-71. But in the men’s match, the result was reversed with New Zealand winning and the score exactly the same.

The Japan women had a close match against China yesterday, winning by only two points and today looked like it was going to be a repeat. However, throughout the game, the lead changed numerous times.

By half-time New Zealand looked to be taking a strong lead, up 44-36.

However Japan came out firing and soon stole the lead from New Zealand. They scored a whopping 31 points in one quarter, almost doubling their previous score to give them a four point lead (67-63) at three quarter time. At one stage, Japan scored 15 unanswered points.

Unfortunately for New Zealand, Japan continued scoring furiously in the final quarter. In the first five minutes New Zealand only managed to put one point on the board.

In the end, Japan picked up the pace so considerably that they won by more than twenty points. Aoi Katsura was a standout, with a total of 25 points.

After losing by more than 50 points to the Australian men yesterday, New Zealand had something to prove on day two at the AYOF.

Beating Japan 92-71, New Zealand still look a strong contender in the tournament.

When asked whether yesterday’s loss was used as motivation for today’s win, New Zealand coach Deslea Wrathall said that it played a small part, but offered a different reason for the victory.

“It [yesterday’s loss] acted as a learning curve. It’s a huge thing for us playing international basketball and actually playing a physical game,” she said.

After a slow start to the match, Japan found their feet in the second half almost keeping goal for goal with the New Zealanders, scoring 21 points compared with the oppositions 24.

It may have been the excruciating heat, but Japan went on to win the last quarter in points.

01-16-2009, 02:53 AM
Aussies run away with the ball
15th January 2009
The Australian men’s basketball team look unstoppable, thrashing China 105-76 today.

From the outset, the two teams went goal for goal with some Chinese fouls turning into crucial points for the Aussies, giving them a 26-21 lead at quarter-time.

China would appear to be Australia’s biggest competition, after thrashing Japan by more than fifty points yesterday.

The capacity crowd at Sydney University roared at each of the 40 points scored by the Aussies in the second quarter.

“I don’t think any team can stop us when we get out and run,” coach Goriss said.

Accuracy was the key in Australia’s play with Jackson Aldridge shooting a bucket from the halfway line.

Not everything went Australia’s way however with Daniel Trist leaving the court injured just before the half-time buzzer.

Tension mounted in the third quarter with foul after foul being called on both teams, culminating in a war of words between the two sides.

“We thought that when we started to get up on them, they started to get physical,” Goriss said, “I think they got frustrated with the scoreline and a bit embarrassed by us getting easy baskets.”

Doing little for their cause, the Chinese team gave little game time to their two towering seven foot players, Gang Yu and Muhao Li.

Australia now rest before their next game tomorrow and coach Gorris is looking to instill even more discipline and focus amongst the squad.

“We have to string together four consistent quarters,” he said.

“Dealing with sixteen, seventeen year olds…they turned off once they saw what the scoreboard was.”

Karina Darling

01-16-2009, 04:57 PM
"(by Eurobasket News)

Chinese U18 National Team ensured a 90:54 rout of New Zealand to make it to the Final of the Youth Basketball Festival in Australia. New Zealand suffered the second loss at the tournament and would meet with Japan in the consolation final. The Kiwis jumped to an early lead as they enjoyed a 4:2 advantage at the start. China soon tied the score at 6 apiece before waving goodbye to New Zealand. Chinese played exploded with 29 straight points to bridge the first and second quarters and left the Kiwis numb. China won the second quarter to build a 45:16 advantage at halftime. New Zealand team looked to revive in the third frame as shots started to drop but the effort was well matched by the Asian team. China accounted for 27 points in the third stanza and headed into the final term ahead by 35 points. The teams traded baskets in the fourth frame with the outcome pretty clear at the moment. Shang Gao notched 26 points and 9 rebounds to pace China. Zhiming Shan and Mingxin Ju contributed 15 points each for the winners. Ethan Rusbatch had 16 points for New Zealand. Max Williams added 9 points and 11 caroms in the loss. China outrebounded their opponents 53:47 and forced the Kiwis to 39 turnovers. China also shot 42% from the field comparing to only 28% accuracy from New Zealand".

01-17-2009, 08:41 PM
China's Under-17 team won the silver medal at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. It lost to Australia 98-82 in the gold medal game. After leading 57-49 at the half, China ran out of steam in the second half. This is likely because China's young players are not used to playing at this intensity level. They will learn.

China did much better in the second game than in its first game against Australia, which it lost 105-76. There China was outscored 38-13 in the second quarter after only trailing 26-21 after the first. So China ran out of steam much earlier. The young Chinese team is indeed learning, but junior basketball is not yet played in China at the intensity level that the Australians play and likely there is a deficiency in weight training in China as well.

According to Australian reports, China has three near 7-footers on its team and is considerably taller than the Australian team. But heights of players are not listed on the Youth Festival website. The only Chinese player with whom I am familiar is Li Muhao, a 7-1 center from Dongguan. So the likelihood is that China has three true 7-footers on its team.

China blew out Japan 125-73 and swamped New Zealand 90-54. Below are box scores of China's games against Japan and Australia. The box score against New Zealand is not available.

The most interesting statistic from today's game against Australia was that Zhu Yuhang had 6 blocks against the Australians, along with 4 rebounds and 2 steals, in 22 minutes. Unfortunately, Zhu missed all four shots that he took and missed the two shots he attempted in the first game against Australia. However this young player must have athletic potential, and he has time to work on his shooting ability.

Li Muhao had 3 points and 4 rebounds today in 16 minutes. Li was 213 cm at the Asian Nike Camp last summer and I have been told he has grown to 216 cm.

China's best scorers, excluding the New Zealand game, were Gao Shang (21.0 ppg), Ju Mingxin (17.3), Shi Hongfei (15.7) and Shan Ximing (12.7). Gao was 197 cm at the Nike Camp. Ju, who was 199 cm at the Nike Camp, is another highly promising player from Guangdong, which knows how to develop young players. Shi Hongfei is a guard from Guangdong. Wang Pu, who saw significant playing time, is also from Guangdong.

Does anyone have any additional information on the height or team of origin of the Chinese players?

2008 Asian Nike Camp
Ju Mingxin 199 cm Guangdong
Gao Shang 197 cm
Li Muhao 213 cm Dongguan

2008 Asian Adidas Camp
Wang Pu F Guangdong
Shi Hongfei G Guangdong

China 125 - Japan 73

CHINA: Gao Shang (24), Ju Mingxin (23), Shan Zhiming (17), Shi Hongfei (14), Bi Jiguang (10), Li HengYu (10), Zhu Xuhang (9), Wang Pu (8), Guo Zihao (4), Yu Gang (4), Li Muhao (2).

JAPAN: Sasahara (17), Takahashi (13), Bando (11), Nomoto (11), Kimura (10), Tawatari (4), Togashi (3), Sugimoto (2), Matsuzawa (2).

Australia 105 - China 76

AUSTRALIA: Aldridge (17), Trist (16), Hussey (14), Greenwood (12), Drmic (11), Wroe (10), Rowley (10), Mccarron (5), Owen (4), Gilmore (4), Rowe (2).

CHINA: Gao Shang (18), Ju Mingxin (13), Shan Zhiming (13), Shi Hongfei(6), Wang Pu(6), Li Hengyu (4), Guo Zihao(4), Li Muhao (4), Yu Gang(3), Ren Kai(2), Bi Jiguang (2), Zhu Xuhang (1).

China vs. New Zealand 90 - 54

Australia 98 - China 82

AUSTRALIA: Greenwood (27), Aldridge (20), Drimic (12), Rowley (11), Hussey (10), Trist (9), Wroe (9).

CHINA: Shi Hongfei (27), Gao Shang (21), Ju Mingxin (16), Shan Zhiming (8), Guo Zihao(3), Li Muhao (3), Li Hengyu (2), Wang Pu (2).

01-18-2009, 02:25 AM
AUS - Third straight win for Young Aussies

SYDNEY (AYOF) - The U18 boys and girls teams from Australia have secured their third straight win in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney.

In the boy’s tournament, Australia beat Japan 94 – 46 and China beat New Zealand 90 – 54. Australia will play China in the Final whilst New Zealand and Japan will fight for Bronce.

Jackson Hussey led Australia with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals while Daniel Trist (12 points), Jackson Aldridge (12 points) Hugh Greenwood (10 points and 6 rebounds) and Stephen Rowe (10 points) all contributed double figure scoring in the victory. Japan's Kodai Kimura led all scorers with 17 points at 35 per cent.

In fact every Australian that took the court put the scorers to work pleasing Australia's head coach Paul Goriss. "Over the course of all the games we've had a fair spread of the scoring and that's a great contributing factor for our boys who like to share the ball," Goriss said.

"They share the ball around, they find the open man and we get good shots. We tinkered with the starting line-up a little bit because of their [Japan's] speed and their ability to put the ball on the floor and our bigger guys that came in off the bench really came in and made an impact, especially down in the low post."

Women’s Final see AUS – JPN again

In the girl’s tournament, Australia beat Japan 100 – 72 and China beat New Zealand 85 – 51.

With both teams locked into the Gold Medal Match prior to tip off, the 100-72 victory acted as a dress rehearsal for the main event tomorrow.

With victories against New Zealand, China and Japan the unbeaten host nation will enter the Final as a favourite. Starting guard Rebecca Cole starred for Australia with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory while guard Chiku Asami top scored for Japan with 16 points on 4-of-6 three pointers.

Rebecca Allen (10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), Ashleigh Karaitiana (10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists), Allyson Brown (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Nadeen Payne (13 points, 6 rebounds) all performed well for Australia.

Australia’s head coach Nicole Ireland was happy with the win and managed to avoid showing her team’s hand fully in advance of tomorrow’s game. “Both teams were resting a few key players,” Ireland said. “They rested number 4 [Aoi Katsuri] and she’s been averaging 21 points before this game and she’ll play probably 35 minutes tomorrow but it’s alright, we’ll be ready for that. We got out to a good start in the first quarter, I was really pleased with that, but the rest of the game was a bit of an arm wrestle. Japan are good shooters so we’ll work out how to stop those shots going in.”

In the other medal game, China will try to capture Bronce against New Zealand.

01-19-2009, 06:27 PM
AUS - Aussie boys and girls win basketball gold

SYDNEY (AYOF) - A standing room only crowd at the Sydney Uni Sports Aquatic Centre witnessed an epic men's Gold Medal basketball match tonight with Australia overcoming China in the second half to take victory by 16 points.

Trailing by nine after one quarter and six at half time, Australia engineered a thrilling 49-27 second half effort and fully deserved to take home the hardware.

Tasmania's Hugh Greenwood starred for Australia with an equal game high 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting while starting point guard Jackson Aldridge ran the team well and finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Hongfei Shi led China with 27 points on 7-of-17 three point shooting.

Swing man Anthony Drmic had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in a solid game while starting centre Sam Rowley posted 11 points and an equal game-high 8 rebounds against an imposing Chinese front line.

"At half time we just said to the guys one of our goals was forty minutes of putting our foot on their throat and to keep running out of transition," Australia's head coach Paul Goriss said.

"The score that they [Japan] had at half time we weren't happy with.and we overran them with our transition.

"We came here knowing that it was going to be tough in the final against China and they came out with some different things but we got over the line."

Emitting unbridled pride in his team, Goriss also made special mention of the home crowd's impact on his side and the result.

"They were the ones that lifted us over the line. We were down and when we started to make that run the roar from the crowd really got the guys pumped up and going. It's great playing at home."

Australia's victory was its fourth from four games at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival after wins against New Zealand, China and Japan in the preliminary rounds.

China scored the first four points of the match before Anthony Drmic finished a three-point play to get Australia underway in a frenetic opening minute.

China's furious man-to-man defence was causing problems and after scores were tied at 17 with 1:14 remaining China put on an 11-2 run, including a Hongfei Shi running three-pointer as the buzzer sounded, to take a 28-19 lead into the first break.

Drmic nailed a jump shot to open the second but China was soon on the run again before Jackson Hussey nailed Shang Gao in the front court and the teams went toe-to-toe to assert their domination.

The crowd was in a frenzy after the scuffle, cheering every call that went Australia's way, and the boys in green and gold harnessed the energy to put on a run over the next four minutes that erased the lead and tied the scores at 37.

China called time out and regrouped to put on a terrific outburst that quickly saw them up by eleven points before Greenwood took the game into his own hands and scored ten straight points including a three-pointer as the half time hooter sounded.

Greenwood had 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting at half time but was matched by Chinese forward Shang Gao after his 13 second quarter points. Both teams shot at 50 per cent in a half of basketball befitting the event.

China opened the second half with an air ball but had soon amassed a 6-0 run before Rowley finished close to the bucket to end Australia's mini drought, followed by four points from Trist and a three-pointer from Aldridge that forced China into a time out with the score 61-58 after five minutes of play.

When Jackson Hussey threw down a two handed dunk after a steal the crowd was deafening but it only got louder when Aldridge tied the scores at 61 with a free throw with 3:21 remaining in the period.

China began to settle for the outside shot as time ticked away in the third and when Hussey athletically tipped in Greenwood's miss for the game's third buzzer beater from three quarters of play Australia had its first lead, 67-65.

Shi sent a shiver through the huge Chinese contingent in the crowd when he went down clutching his knee in the opening minute of the final quarter, only to get up and nail a three-pointer with a hand in his face to send them into raptures.

Greenwood drained a running teardrop in response and the tension was thicker than a Beijing fog as Australia clung to its tiny lead and the crowd rode every play.

Rowley became a huge presence in the paint, Wroe finished an electric drive and when China called a time out with 6:05 remaining Australia was out by seven points, 75-68.

Forward Mingxin Ju hit a purple patch for China and the margin was back to three before Aldridge hit a clutch three pointer and Drmic was fouled as the ball went through the net leading to two foul shots in a quick five point swing that was a dagger in China's heart.

When Greenwood finished a lay-up and Aldridge drained two free throws the margin was out to ten and Australia looked certain winners.

One final run from China was negated and as the buzzer sounded and the full house rose to its feet in appreciation the young Australians celebrated a victory they'll not forgot.

AUS: Aldridge, Greenwood, Drmic, Rowley, Trist
CHN: Shi, Shan, Wang, Ju, Li M

Quarter by quarter:
1: CHN 28 AUS 19
H: CHN 55 AUS 49 (27-30)
3: AUS 67 CHN 65 (18-10)
F: AUS 98 CHN 82 (31-17)

AUSTRALIA 98 - Hugh Greenwood 27, Jackson Hussey 20, Anthony Drmic 12 bt
CHINA 82 - Hongfei Shi 27, Shang Gao 21, Mingxin Zhu 16
Gold Medal Match
Australian Youth Olympic Festival
at Sydney Uni Sports Aquatic Centre

Australia's young women's basketball team overpowered Japan this afternoon to claim the Gold Medal at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney.

Australia used its superior size and speed to outgun and outrun its Japanese opponent to lead 51-18 at half time before continuing on to a 37-point victory.

The 91-54 win maintained Australia's unbeaten tournament run with preliminary round wins against New Zealand, China and Japan by 50, 17 and 28 points.

Starting guard Rebecca Cole completed a first rate tournament with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead Australia while crowd favourite Gretel Tippett had a fantastic all-around game to finish with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. Naho Miyoshi and Aya Tsurumi paced Japan with 10 points apiece.

Reserve forwards Rebecca Allen and Allyson Brown were outstanding off the bench for Australia. Allen compiled 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, a game high 15 rebounds and 3 steals in 19 minutes on court while Brown had 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting with 5 rebounds in 13 minutes on court.

"It was a great win and something the girls deserved," Australia's head coach Nicole Ireland said.

"They've been so focused and disciplined for nearly two weeks now with the camp and then the tournament and today I think we played the best game of our tournament; just team work, inside-outside play and our defence.

"It got a bit scrappy at the end but for three quarters or even more of that game we really stuck with what we needed to do defensively.

"They really got up for the Gold Medal game."

Tippett got Australia's scoring underway close to the basket in the opening minute before Aoi Katsura tied the score with a deft spin move in the paint. Brown came off the bench and hit her first three shots, Japan struggled against Australia's zone and after one period Australia led 25-9.

Australia's back court combination Cole and Kerryn Harrington had the team running beautifully in the second quarter and when Tippett blocked a shot and Jillian Haughton finished down the other end of the floor with a finger roll in traffic the rout was on.

Australia led 51-18 at half time behind Cole's 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, Brown's 9 points off the bench and Tippett's 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks while Japan's pint sized offensive machine Aoi Katsuri had only 2 points on 1-of-5 shooting.

Japan scored the opening five points of the second half and looked ready to step up to the challenge at hand but Australia continued to push the ball and when a bone-jarring legal screen by Tippett cleaned up Asami Chiku in the back court the physical challenge was won.

Down by thirty-nine points with ten minutes to play, Japan continued to persevere until the inevitable end and won the last quarter by two points.

AUS: Harrington, Cole, Karaitiana, Tippett, Payne
CHN: Katsura, Chiku, Tsurumi, Nagaoka, Chikahira

Quarter by quarter:
1: AUS 25 JPN 9
H: AUS 51 JPN 18 (26-9)
3: AUS 71 JPN 32 (20-14)
F: AUS 91 JPN 54 (20-22)

AUSTRALIA 91 - Rebecca Cole 17, Gretel Tippett 16, Allyson Brown 14 bt
JAPAN 54 - Naho Miyoshi 10, Aya Tsurumi 10, Mika Nozoe 8
Gold Medal Match
Australian Youth Olympic Festival
at Sydney Uni Sports Aquatic Centre

01-23-2009, 11:44 PM
U-18 China NT PIC:






The player NO:15 in the first pic is Li Muhao 216CM.