Aussies advance to Semi Finals at Pacific C'ships

Aussies advance to Semi Finals at Pacific C'ships

Australia has moved into the semi-finals of the 2013 FIBA Oceania Pacific Championships in New Zealand after convincing quarter final victories.

After a narrow win over Guam, the Australian Men’s team returned to their best, accounting for Tahiti 86-49 on Saturday before a 95-53 win over New Caledonia to book a semi-final place.

In the win over Tahiti, Joel Smith was the leading light on the offensive end for the Australians, posting a game-high 17 points, while Kai Healy (13 points and 6 rebounds), Geremy McKay (7 points and 10 rebounds) and Rhys Vague (9 points and 7 rebounds) added to the team’s total.

After the rest day, Australia returned to the court in fine fashion, easily accounting for New Caledonia thanks to another strong showing from Smith. The rising star led the Australian scoring front, posting 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Rhys Vague (12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals), Geremy McKay (16 points) and Callum Barker (10 points and 10 rebounds) offered support.

It was another dominant performance from the Australian Women’s team as they made light work of Fiji to extend their unbeaten run to three games, recording a 96-31 victory. This was followed up by a 101-40 win over Samoa to ensure passage to the semi-finals.

Against Fiji Dandenong Rangers WNBL young gun Lauren Scherf again led from the front, posting a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds as the team continued to produce clinical performances.

Montana Farrah-Seaton had 13 points and 4 rebounds, while Brodie Theodore (12 points and 6 steals) and Kristy Wallace (11 points) ensured the team word almost reach triple-digits.

Scherf was again the leader in the quarter-finals, posting 16 points and 9 rebounds, while teammates Kristy Wallace (15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals) and Brodie Theodore (12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals) were again impressive.

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