Aussies Abroad: Aussie college stars shine

Aussies Abroad: Aussie college stars shine

Australian college duo Cameron Bairstow and Hugh Greenwood have inspired New Mexico to a stunning upset win over 6-ranked San Diego State 58-44 in Mountain West Conference action on Sunday.

Already regarded as one of the premier players in college basketball, Bairstow did his hopes of being shortlisted for Wooden Award (College Player of the Year) no harm, posting a game-high 26 points and 9 rebounds as the Lobos claimed their biggest win of the season.

With Australian Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis watching in the stands, Bairstow scored nearly half of this team’s points in another dominant offensive display from the Brisbane-native.

Fellow Aussie and Lobos teammate Hugh Greenwood was also impressive in the season-defining victory, posting 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes on court. The Lobos now go level with San Diego State at the top of the Mountain West standings, with a 12-2 record.

Jayco Australian Opals star Liz Cambage is heading back to the WCBA Finals after leading her Beijing team to victory in the deciding Game 3 of their semi-final series against Shanghai 74-67 on Saturday night.

The 2012 London Olympic bronze medallist was at her dominant best, posting 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds to ensure a rematch with American Maya Moore and her Shanxi team.

Playing last season for Zhejiang Far East, Cambage led the team to the WCBA Finals, but could not claim the title in her first season in China, going down to Moore in the best-of-five game series.

Now with Beijing, this will be the 22-year-old’s second chance at claiming a WCBA Championship.

Staying in Asia, Australian Boomers centre Luke Nevill has helped his Taiwan Mobile team improve to 20-5 on the season, posting back-to-back double-doubles over the weekend.

On Friday night the Perth native had 21 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes as Taiwan Mobile defeated Bank of Taiwan 85-79, before posting 16 points (8-of-9 FG) and 13 rebounds in Saturday’s 89-68 win over Dacin Tigers.

After enjoying the most productive seven-game stretch of his NBA career (averaging 21 points per game), Boomers star guard Patty Mills had an off night at the office as the San Antonio Spurs suffered a 106-85 road loss to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.

Mills went 2-of-14 from the floor on his way to 4 points and 6 rebounds in 25 minutes, while fellow Aussie and Boomers teammate Aron Baynes was productive in 17 minutes, posting 4 points and 6 rebounds.

Anthony Drmic was again the star as the Boise State Broncos recorded a thrilling 91-90 overtime win against UNLV in Mountain West action. The Melbournian had 22 points in 38 minutes as the Broncos moved to 8-6 in conference play.

It was a monster game from Venky Jois that propelled Eastern Washington to an 85-74 victory over Southern Utah on Sunday. The 2013 Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year dropped a season-high 29 points to go with 13 rebounds in the 11-point win.

Boomers swingman Brad Newley continued to produce for Gran Canaria in the Spanish Endesa League, posting 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 31 minutes in the 76-62 win over Enstudientes on Monday.

In Italy, Brock Motum had 10 points and 6 rebounds in 28 minutes as Bologna suffered their 12th defeat of the Serie A campaign, going down 89-66 to EA7 Armani on Monday.

It was a busy weekend for Australians in France, with Marianna Tolo carrying her Euroleague form into the French domestic competition, posting 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in Bourges Basket’s 62-47 win over Tarbes.

Fellow Opals star Cayla Francis dropped 17 points and 9 rebounds as her Nantes side easily accounted for Arras 100-49 on Sunday.

In the men’s competition, Boomers forward David Andersen posted 8 points and 6 rebounds for Strasbourg in their 81-69 loss to Cholet on Sunday.