Emus fall short in game three of the Global Games

Emus fall short in game three of the Global Games

The Emus third and final game in the Global Games was against Canada. The Emus were looking to bounce back from their loss the previous night against Lithuania but disappointingly suffered their second defeat in Panevezys, Canada winning 76–70.

For the Emus Mitch Creek top scored with 22 points followed by Lewis Thomas 14 points. Hugh Greenwood had 12 points, while Anthony Drmic finished with 11.

During the first quarter both teams traded baskets with 7’4” Canadian centre Bhullar controlling the paint and score for Canada.  

The second quarter saw the Emus' zone defence and better composure on offence convert to a 9-0 run, seeing them gain a slight advantage over their opponents, the Emus going to the half time break leading by four.

Failure to convert from three point range and at the foul line during the third quarter allowed the Canadians back into the game. The Emus scored only five points for the quarter and found themselves down by 10 at the final break, setting up for a tough final period.

The Emus started the fourth quarter in a more aggressive manner.  They increased ball pressure and post defence, and following a 7–0 run, they had bridged the gap to just four points of Canada with two minutes to go.

The Canadians regained the initiative however. They converted from the foul line down the stretch and finished the game six point victors.

Head Coach Damian Cotter was very disappointed with the result.

"We need to be tougher and improve our defence leading into our first game in Latvia," said Cotter.

"It is very difficult to win when you concede 40 points in the first half. We shot poorly from the three point line and this frustration on offence transferred into our defence."

The Emus have completed their involvement in the Global Games with a 1–2 win/loss record and now travel to Valmiera, Latvia for the preliminary round of the 2011 FIBA U19 Men’s World Championship commencing on Thursday 30 June.

Final Score: Canada 76 defeated Australia 70

1st Quarter: 19-19     

2nd Quarter: 40–44 (21 - 25)

3rd Quarter: 59–49 (19 - 5)

4th Quarter: 76–70 (17 - 21)