Aussies Abroad: Cambage drops 37 as Beijing win in WCBA

Aussies Abroad: Cambage drops 37 as Beijing win in WCBA

Jayco Australian Opals centre Liz Cambage continues to post big numbers for Beijing in Women’s Chinese Basketball Association action, dropping a game-high 37 points in her team’s 91-73 victory over Bayi on Saturday.

The 2012 London Olympic bronze medallist is enjoying another stellar season in the WCBA, currently ranked second in scoring (32.5 points per game) and fifth in blocks (1.3 per game). Fellow Opal Lauren Jackson had 22 points and 10 rebounds as Heilongjiang’s three-game winning streak came to an end, going down 79-76 to Shanghai.

French LFB women’s competition resumed over the weekend, with Cayla Francis picking up where she left off prior to the festive break, posting 21 points (9-of-15 FG), 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists in Nantes 83-59 win over Union Hainaut.

Oregon State big man Angus Brandt continues to make his mark for the Beavers, helping the team to an 81-72 win over Stanford on Friday, with 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes. His production increased (22 points on 7-of-10 FG in 28 minutes), but the result was different as the Beavers went down California 88-83 on Sunday.

Another standout performance from Boise State star Anthony Drmic could not drive the Broncos to knock off Wyoming, going down 52-50 on Sunday. Drmic dropped 20 points to go with 7 rebounds as he played every minute of the defeat.

Fellow Aussie Nick Duncan earned his first start for the Broncos, grabbing 5 rebounds in 19 minutes at the forward position.

Mountain West rivals New Mexico enjoyed a narrow 69-65 win over San Jose State, with Aussie duo Cameron Bairstow and Hugh Greenwood instrumental in the victory. Bairstow had a quiet night by his standards, but still managed to post 15 points and 5 rebounds, while Greenwood stuffed the stat sheet on 6 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

Eastern Washington got back to winning ways as Venky Jois inspired a 77-72 win over Montana State on Sunday, posting 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks in 30 minutes.

In the NBA it was Andrew Bogut again dominating the glass, grabbing 13 rebounds in the Golden State Warriors 99-97 win over Boston on Saturday. Patty Mills ensured the San Antonio Spurs continued their winning form, coming off the bench to post 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in their 104-86 win over Minnesota on Monday.

Mills and Australian Boomers teammate Aron Baynes will be in action on ESPN on Thursday at 12:00pm AEDT as the Spurs take on the struggling Utah Jazz.

It was a tale of two nail-biters for Daniel Kickert and his Azovmash team, getting the points in their Ukrainian League fixture, before a narrow defeat in VTB League action.

The forward-centre had 23 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 9 rebounds in Thursday’s 71-70 win over Cherkasy, before posting 14 points (6-of-9 FG), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in the loss to VEF Riga on Monday.

Boomers duo Joe Ingles and Aleks Maric will be in Euroleague action this week on Eurosport, with Ingles and his Maccabi Tel-Aviv team Zalgiris Kaunas at 4:45am AEDT on Friday morning, while Maric and his Lokomotiv Kuban face Istanbul at 6:45am AEDT also on Friday morning.

Also in Europe, Opals star Belinda Snell made her return to action, posting 11 points in 24 minutes as CCC Polkowice slipped to their fourth loss of the Polish BLK season, going down 73-63 to Wilsa Krakow on Monday.

For all the latest news on the Australian stars playing abroad be sure to visit the BA website at www.basketball.net.au.