Aussies Abroad: Cambage, Mills lighting it up

Aussies Abroad: Cambage, Mills lighting it up

The WCBA Championship hopes of Jayco Australian Opals centre Liz Cambage are delicately poised after Shanghai levelled their semi-final series at 1-1 in Game 2 overnight in China.

Cambage was the star of Beijing’s Game 1 78-66 victory, posting a stunning 37 points, 21 rebounds and 4 blocks to ensure the series would begin with a win. The second-seeded Shanghai returned fire in Game 2, levelling the series and curtailing the influence of the London Olympic Games bronze medallist.

The 22-year-old had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks in the 65-61 defeat, with Game 3 scheduled for Saturday night.

It has been a week to remember for Australian Boomers star guard Patty Mills, producing two monster performances to inspire the San Antonio Spurs to massive road wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trailblazers.

On Wednesday, Mills came off the bench to drop 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 27 minutes to lead the Spurs to a 113-103 victory over the Clippers. The Boomers star was the catalyst in the final quarter, scoring 16 points to ensure the Spurs started the post-NBA All-Star road trip with a victory.

The 25-year-old backed it up less than 24 hours later, posting an incredible 29 points in 29 minutes as the Spurs claimed a narrow 111-109 win over the Trailblazers.

With the Spurs battling key injuries, including to starting point guard Tony Parker, Mills has been given extra responsibility in February. This has seen Mills thrive, averaging 21 points per game in his past seven outings.

Staying in the USA, Australian Boomers forward Cameron Bairstow continued to post impressive numbers as the New Mexico Lobos look to claim top-seeding for next month’s Mountain West Conference tournament.

This time the Lobos did the job on the road against UNLV, recording a 68-56 victory with Bairstow posting 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks, while teammate and fellow Aussie Hugh Greenwood had 4 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

Bairstow and Greenwood face San Diego State on Sunday at 2:00pm AEDT LIVE on ESPN2.

The Boise State Broncos move above .500 in Mountain West Conference play, defeating Colorado State 84-72 on Wednesday. Anthony Drmic was again the star for the Broncos, dropping 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 33 minutes.

Louisville continue to climb the ranks, with Aussie Mangok Mathiang coming off the bench to post 9 points and 6 rebounds in 18 minutes as the Cardinals easily accounted for South Florida 80-54 on Wednesday.

In Europe, Boomers swingman Joe Ingles and his Maccabi Tel-Aviv team continue have moved within one game of top spot in the Israeli League standings after a 75-66 win over Hapoel Eilat on Tuesday. Ingles played 20 minutes as a starter, posting 6 points and 5 rebounds.

Tune in to Eurosport on Saturday morning at 3:00am AEDT to see Ingles LIVE in action as Maccabi Tel-Aviv take on CSKA Moscow in Euroleague action.

Women’s Euroleague action saw Opals centre Marianna Tolo post 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting as her French team Bourges Basket defeated Hungarian club team Uni Gyor on Friday.