Uni Men trounce Hong Kong at Summer Universiade

Uni Men trounce Hong Kong at Summer Universiade

The Australian Men’s University basketball team has more than doubled Hong Kong’s score in their second match-up of the Summer Universiade basketball tournament in Shenzhen, China, dominating the contest to win 103-51.

An impressive 60-26 first half secured the massive victory as the Aussies were able to cruise to victory in the final term.

For the Uniroos basketballers, five double-digit scorers helped them to cross the 100 point mark, with Ben Dowdell and Ryan Broekhoff both top-scoring for the side with 19 points each, while Corey Maynard added 15.

For Hong Kong Ki Lee finished with 14 points while Yiklun Chan added 11 points.

The Aussies simply had too much size for the Hong Kong side, evidenced by the difference on the rebound count - the Aussies were impressive, reeling in 56 rebounds to 30 by their opponent.

The extra size was also handy on defence, with Hong Kong shooting below 30 per cent from the floor, turning it over 29 times to just 18 by the Australian side. The Aussies also had nearly twice the number of steals also, as they were able to turn these into quick buckets at the other end of the floor.

"We are expected to come out and beat teams like Hong Kong easily but you are never sure what you are in for and you still have to come out and prove that you deserve the win," said Aussie forward Ben Dowdell.

After falling to gold medal favourites Serbia only narrowly in their first game, the Aussies now must continue to win to make up ground if they want to stay in medal contention.

"We should never have lost to Serbia. We let them get away early but for the most part we matched them in every aspect of the game," said Dowdell.

"It's a pity but now our backs are against the wall and we have to come out and do a job against Canada tomorrow, which I think we can do, and then we have to beat Turkey as well if we want to advance," he said.

The Aussies square off with Canada tomorrow at 12 noon AEST, who are yet to lose after they accounted for Serbia by only three points, also delivering Turkey a big defeat. And with the level of competition at the tournament at truly an international level, with the likes of the United States fielding a college all-star team and with the Europeans also bringing their future Olympians and World Championship players, the Australians are well aware of what lies before them.  

"We have a bunch of guys who play in the American collegiate system so we know well what the standard is that we are facing. You need muscle around the rim to compete with the top teams and I think we have that," said Dowdell.

Australia 103
(Dowdell 19, Broekhoff 19) def Hong Kong 51 (Lee 14, Chan 11)

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