Aussies Abroad: Nevill, Cambage post big numbers in Asia

Aussies Abroad: Nevill, Cambage post big numbers in Asia

Australian Boomers centre Luke Nevill has marked the return of the Taiwanese Basketball League in emphatic fashion, posting big numbers to inspire his Taiwan Mobile team, headlining another big week for Aussies abroad.

Returning for the first game after a month-long mid-season recess, Nevill wasted little time reminding fans of his quality, posting 32 points (11-of-16 FG) and 17 rebounds as Taiwan Mobile claimed a narrow 75-74 win over KKL on Saturday night.

An instant hit since his move to Taiwan, Nevill currently averages 20.1 points (#2 in the TBL), 11.4 rebounds (#7) and 1.9 blocks per game (#5).

Jayco Australian Opals centre Liz Cambage is headed to the WCBA Semi Finals after her Beijing team overcame the plucky Liaoning in Game 3 of their quarter finals series.

The 2012 London Olympic Games bronze medallist led from the front with 27 points and 12 rebounds in the 87-67 victory, setting up a semi-final series against Shanghai tipping off on Tuesday night.

Cameron Bairstow and his New Mexico Lobos bounced back in style after their upset loss to Boise State, taking out their frustrations on Nevada on Sunday, defeating their Mountain West rivals 90-72.

Continuing to fill the stat sheet, Bairstow had 24 points (9-of-13 FG) and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes as the Lobos improved their conference record to 10-2.

Bairstow and fellow Aussie Hugh Greenwood will be in action again on Thursday as New Mexico take on UNLV at 3:00pm AEDT LIVE on ESPN2.

Staying in college basketball, Majok Majok produced another impressive performance, but could not stop his Ball State Cardinals from slipping to their 11th Middle America Conference loss of the season to Bowling Green.

Majok had 9 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals in the 66-64 loss on Sunday. Peter Hooley posted 21 points and 5 assists for Albany in their 74-63 win over Maine on Sunday.

In women’s college basketball, Kate Gaze and her Saint Mary’s Gaels made light work of West Coast Conference rivals Pepperdine, recording a comfortable 74-61 win. The senior had 16 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds as the Gaels improved to 19-4 overall.

The efforts of Australian guard Vanessa Panousis have not gone unnoticed as the struggling Virginia Tech suffered another loss, this time 80-64 against in-state rivals Virginia. The freshman had 19 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in the loss.

Boomers swingman Brad Newley and his Gran Canaria continue to press their claims for a top four finish in the Spanish Liga Endesa, claiming a 78-71 win over UCAM Murica on Monday. Newley had 9 points and 6 rebounds in 23 minutes for the Canary Island team, sitting fifth in the standings.

Opals centre Marianna Tolo had 14 points for French team Bourges Basket as they advanced to the French LFB Cup Final against Villeneuve.

Three-time Olympian for the Boomers, David Andersen will be in action for French league-leaders Strasbourg as they face Ukrainian outfit Khimik Yuzhne in Eurocup action LIVE on Eurosport at 3:00am AEDT on Thursday morning.