Aussies Abroad: Cambage faces WCBA playoff battle

Aussies Abroad: Cambage faces WCBA playoff battle

Jayco Australian Opals star Liz Cambage faces a must-win clash in China as her Beijing team face early elimination in Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) quarter final action against Liaoning.

Cambage posted 31 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in Game 1 of their three-game quarter final series, but could not stop the sixth seed from taking the opening fixture.

The response was clinical from Beijing, crushing Liaoning in Game 2 85-54 to ensure they would return home for the deciding Game 3 on Saturday night (AEDT).

It was another all-Australian fixture in collegiate basketball, with Mountain West Conference (MWC) rivals New Mexico and Boise State facing off in a nail-biting in-conference battle.

The Broncos, inspired by Anthony Drmic (18 points and 5 rebounds) recorded a massive win over the Lobos 71-70 on Thursday. Cameron Bairstow dropped 20 points (6-of-9 FG), 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in the narrow defeat.

Australian Boomers centre Aron Baynes was given just his second start for the NBA season, starting in place of the injured Tim Duncan in the San Antonio Spurs 109-100 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.

In his 31st game of the season, Baynes had 4 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in 20 minutes. Fellow Boomers star Patty Mills continued his recent run of good form, posting 16 points in 20 minutes as the Spurs bounced back on Thursday, defeating the Boston Celtics 104-92.

Jayco Australian Opals guard Natalie Hurst played all 40 minutes in Canik Belediyesi’s narrow 71-68 loss to Fenerbahce in the Turkish league, posting 13 points and 4 rebounds.