Boomers complete sweep of China to close YouYi

Boomers complete sweep of China to close YouYi

Head coach of the Australian Boomers Brett Brown has enjoyed a successful return to the country, with his Boomers sweeping China in the YouYi Games, after running away with Game 3 of the series, 78-55 from Challenge Stadium in Perth on Wednesday night.

Daniel Kickert led all scorers with 20 points for the contest, while Julian Khazzouh added 16 points, Aron Baynes finishing with 12 points.

For China, Sun Yue top-scored with 12 points, while Wang Zhizhi added nine points.

The Aussies struggled from the field early, failing to connect on five straight three-point attempts. At the other end of the floor, China was able to convert from mid-range, shooting above 50 per cent from the floor, Wang ZhiZhi and Sun Yue seeing the visitors out to a 22-17 quarter time lead.

Early in the second, China extend their lead to six-points off a Yue three-pointer. Emotions hit boiling point on the China bench, with head coach Bob Donewald Jr thrown out of the game after receiving two consecutive technical fouls by the referee.

Adam Gibson scored eight points in one play, thanks to the freethrows from the technicals, before knocking down a three-pointer off the in-bound play, igniting a 16-0 run which saw the Aussies streak out to a 10 point lead.

China managed to trim the lead in the dying minutes of the half, the Boomers taking a seven-point lead into the change rooms.

The Boomers outscored China 24-11 in the third, as they started to get warm offensively, Daniel Kickert and Julian Khazzouh getting among the scorers.

The Boomers were dominating the glass, and the possession play, putting up 10 more shots than China to three-quarter time, their accuracy rising quickly to 43 per cent from the floor.

The Boomers were never threatened from then on, getting out by as much as 28 points at one stage in the fourth, before securing the 23 point win and the three-game series sweep.

“I think it’s a great way to end this early camp to get three consecutive wins against a very aggressive team and for me personally to come back and see our guys again and see them play our structure again, it's been a good early period to get ready for such an important time-frame coming with London, so for me to start the campaign and preparation, it's been a positive," said Brown

"Western Australia has hosted us extremely well. It's easy to get guys to come here. They enjoy coming to camps, albeit early, they enjoy coming to this part of Australia. We're grateful for the work that Andrew [Vlahov] has done, and we leave learning a lot and we leave feeling like there is a lot of room for improvement, but I think you get greater clarity after playing three successive games, so it has been a positive on many levels," he said.

Australian Boomers 78 (Kickert 20, Khazzouh 16) defeated China 55 (Yue 12, Zhizhi 9)

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