Aussies Abroad: Bogut fired up as Opals star in China

Aussies Abroad: Bogut fired up as Opals star in China

Australian Boomers big man Andrew Bogut has continued his domination of the glass, helping the Golden State Warriors to the big wins over Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA this week.

Bogut had his ninth and 10th consecutive double-digit rebound games, catching the headlines for an altercation that saw Clippers star Blake Griffin ejected from Thursday’s 105-103 Warriors victory.

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Over the past 10 games, Bogut has averaged 14 rebounds per game, placing second in the NBA on the glass during that period. The 29-year-old had 4 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in the 89-81 win over Denver on Tuesday before posting 10 points (5-of-8 FG) and 14 rebounds in 28 minutes against the Clippers.

It has been a busy week for Australian Boomers in the NBA, with Matthew Dellavedova posting 10 points (4-of-6 FG) and 6 assists in 27 minutes as the Cleveland Cavaliers slipped to a 115-92 loss against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.

Christmas Day saw the San Antonio Spurs suffer a 111-98 loss to Houston Rockets, with Boomers star scorer Patty Mills coming off the bench to post 9 points in 17 minutes.

The dominance of Jayco Australian Opals duo Liz Cambage and Lauren Jackson continued in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA), with the stars posting big numbers on Christmas Eve.

Jackson filled the stat sheet, posting 34 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in Heilongjiang’s 83-78 loss to Shanxi, while Cambage continued her recent purple patch of scoring, dropping 40 points to go with 11 rebounds in the 62-49 win over Liaoning.

In Taiwan, Australian Boomers centre Luke Nevill returned to big numbers, posting 23 points (10-of-10 FG), 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in Taiwan Mobile’s 85-76 win over Bank of Taiwan on Sunday.

Anthony Drmic inspired the Boise State Broncos to the final of the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii, eventually going down to the undefeated Iowa State 70-66 on Thursday.

Drmic was inspirational in the semi-final victory, posting a game-high 30 points (10-of-17 FG) to go with 6 rebounds and 3 steals as the Broncos thrashed South Carolina 80-54 on Wednesday, after dropping 21 points (7-of-12 FG) in the 62-61 win over Hawaii on Tuesday.

The semi-final win had a distinctly Australian flavour, with Igor Hadziomerovic (8 rebounds and 4 assists) and Nick Duncan (6 points and 2 rebounds) playing a major role in the 26 point win. 16 points and 4 rebounds from Drmic couldn’t stop the Broncos from suffering a narrow loss to Iowa State in the final.

Drmic is enjoying a great start to the college season, ranking 50th in the NCAA for points per game, averaging 19.5 points. Fellow Aussie Cameron Bairstow is also enjoying an impressive offensive season, averaging 20.1 points per game to sit 31st overall.

The Boomers forward had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in New Mexico’s 80-68 win over Grand Canyon on Wednesday.

See in form Australian centre Jordan Vandenberg and his North Carolina State face Missouri LIVE on ESPN 2 on Sunday at 12:00pm AEDT, while Venky Jois and Felix Von Hofe suit up for Eastern Washington on Sunday against Connecticut on ESPN3.com.au at 5:00am AEDT.

London Olympian David Barlow returned to the court for the first time in three weeks, playing 13 minutes for Zielona Gora in their 96-73 loss to PGE Turow last weekend. Daniel Kickert had 12 points and 8 rebounds as this Azovmash suffered a 79-72 defeat to Khimik in Ukrainian Superleague action.