World C'ships await for Gems and Emus

World C'ships await for Gems and Emus

The Australian Emus and Gems have claimed a series sweep of New Zealand to win the 2012 FIBA Oceania Under 19 Championships and book their place at the 2013 FIBA Under 19 World Championships.

After a shaky start in Game One of the Championships the Gems (women’s Under 19 team) turned up the heat on their New Zealand rivals, dominated Game 2 89-55 before rounding out the 3-0 series result with a 83-54 victory.

It was smooth sailing for the Emus (men’s Under 19 team) who routed the Junior Tall Blacks 3-0 by an average margin in excess of 26 points, adding a 90-75 win in Game Two and a 93-60 thrashing in Game Three to their opening night victory.

Surviving a scare from the Kiwis in Game One the Gems came out all guns blazing in Game Two, with Adelaide Lightning youngster and AIS graduate Stephanie Talbot leading the charge on her way to 25 points (10-of-14 shooting), 13 rebounds and 4 assists.

Offensive support came in the form of 2012 WNBL Rookie of the Year with the AIS and new Dandenong Rangers recruit Carley Mijovic who had 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Game One heroes Alex Wilson (10 points) and Casey Samuels (11 points) were also impressive.

The momentum from that win was carried into the championship finale, with the 83-54 final margin reflecting their dominance with the trio of Mijovic (19 points 13 rebounds), Samuels (16 points) and Wilson (12 points) topping the scoring charts.

It was equally impressive for the Emus, who crushed the New Zealand outfit in Game Two 95-70, led by Michael Rowley (17 points), Dante Exum (16 points 6 rebounds 8 assists) and Nicholas Duncan (15 points 7 rebounds).

The depth of the Emus squad was there for all to see in the final game of the tournament as the likes of Dane Pineau (18 points 4 steals), Mirko Djeric (15 points 6 assists) and Gerard Martin (11 points) doing the damage of the scoresheet.

Check out galleries from the EMUS and GEMS at the 2012 FIBA Oceania Under 19 Championships.