Dominant Boomers crush China to take 2-0 series lead

Dominant Boomers crush China to take 2-0 series lead

A vintage performance from Western Australia’s own Mark Worthington inspired the Australian Boomers to an 85–64 win over China at Challenge Stadium tonight to go 2-0 up in the Sino-Australia Challenge.

The two-time Olympian was at his inspirational best, filling the stats sheet with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with three rounds and four assists, backing up his impressive performance in the series opener.

Worthington had the Boomers firing on all cylinders early, establishing a 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, which was never headed and expanded beyond 20 points in final quarter.

Australian Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said he was again proud of the defensive intensity of his team, restricting China to just 21 first-half points.

“I was really pleased with our defence – to keep them to 64 points at 40% shooting was a good defensive effort and keeping them to two points in the first five minutes really set the tone,” Lemanis said.

“We made some adjustments after Thursday’s game and you get the chance to do some scouting and I thought the guys did a good job of implementing those scouts.”

Luke Nevill was again at his efficient best, posting 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while Rhys Martin (13 points) and Brock Motum (10 points and six rebounds) provided the offensive spark off the bench.

It was a dominant Boomers team that started Game Two, with Nevill slotted into the starting line-up and scoring the first four points of the game as the Boomers held an 11-2 midway through the opening quarter.

The dominance continued with the second unit, as Cameron Gliddon, Motum and Martin were able to push the lead into double digits to end the quarter with a 22-9 advantage.

After controlling the opening period, China began to find their way back into the contest before Worthington (seven points in the second quarter) again stamped his authority on the contest to push the Boomers’ lead to 31-13 in the shadows of half time.

It was a dominant defensive display in the first half by the home team, restricting China to just 21 points at 26% shooting, holding a 15-point lead going into the main interval.

Nevill was again the fire lighter for the Boomers, finding his way to the basket on great feeds from Lucas Walker (nine points and nine rebounds) and Worthington. This ensured the lead would remain at 15 as the final quarter approached.

A late surge from China had the margin inside 10 points for the first time since the first quarter, but as they did all game, the Boomers found a way to wrestle back the ascendency late to lead 51-39 at the last change.

Tempers flared again with an unsportsmanlike and technical foul sending Boomers rookie Angus Brandt to the line for four shots, which he duly converted to extend the lead to 20 points as part of an 8-0 run early in the final period.

This run proved too much for the visiting team to overcome as the Boomers ensured they head China in winning form and with a 2-0 series lead.

The Australian Boomers continue the Sino-Australia Challenge against China, departing Perth on Wednesday morning ahead of Game Three at the Jiangsu Zhenjiang Sports and Exhibition Centre on Friday 6 June. Watch the game on ABC2 at 10:30pm Nationally.


2014 Sino-Australia Challenge – Australian Boomers v Team China

Game Three
Friday 6 June @ Jiangsu Zhenjiang Sports and Exhibition Centre 7:30pm (9:30pm AEST)
TV: ABC2 at 10:30pm Nationally

Game Four
Sunday 8 June @ Liyang Tianmuhu Arena 7:30pm (9:30pm AEST)
TV: ABC2 at 10:30pm Nationally