Australia tops pool standings at PYC

Australia tops pool standings at PYC

Australia move into the knockout rounds of the 2012 FIBA Oceania Pacific Youth Championships in emphatic fashion and now prepare to face Papua New Guinea as the tournament moves to the business end.

The Australian women’s team where ruthless in their crushing of Samoa, easily accounting for the island nation 142-9 in the final of the pool matches.

The imbalance in quality was quickly established as the Aussies raced to a 42-2 lead as they restricted the Samoans to just seven shot attempts for the quarter.

There was no let up from the hosts as they pushed the advantage to 98 points at the end of the third period, with the lead extended beyond triple figures in a 35-0 final quarter.

Eight Australian players had double figure points tallies, with Georgia Pineau (20 points 8 rebounds), Bridget O’Brien (19 points 9 rebounds 8 assists 6 blocks 5 steals) and Ella Hellessey (14 points 15 rebounds) the pick of the bunch.

The women will now face Papua New Guinea in the Qualifying Final stage, hoping to advance to the Semi Final stage.

For the Australian men’s side the path to the Qualifying Final was not quite as elementary, with a 87-55 win over Tahiti.

The Australians were tested early by the plucky visitors, holding a four-point lead (20-16) at the end of the first quarter. As the game went on the Aussies began to show their quality and the lead grew beyond 30 points at the final buzzer.

Dejan Vasiljevic (14 points 6 rebounds 3 steals), William Mcdowell-White (15 points 6 rebounds) and Darryl Mcdowell-White (15 points 7 assists) among the best performers.

Papua New Guinea now await in the Qualifying Final round for the Australian men.

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