The United Arab Emirates (the home team) came out strong and full of emotion and shot the ball well and the Aussies had to battle the quarter out taking a slender lead at quarter time 17-14.
UAE tied it up on the scoreboard at the beginning of the second quarter with a 3-point shot, but to the young Aussies credit they stayed composed at both ends of the floor.
Coach Gould played a number of different combinations in this quarter and the team was able to slowly build a 12 point lead, going into the major break ahead 36-24. Nick Radovich and Tom O’Neill-Thorne were leaders in playing the well structured basketball needed at this time in the game.
Australia convincingly built on their lead in the second half with a strong start to the third quarter. Australia’s defensive intensity in the third quarter proved too strong for UAE as they could only manage 7 points for this term, the three-quarter time score being 56-31.
Adam Deans was given a well earned rest for the majority of the 4th with Jordan Bartley stepping up as the team’s big man and scoring 8 of his 10 points in this quarter. The score at the final siren 76-35 in another big win for the Aussies.
This young team showed they are able to deal with adversity with UAE throwing all they had at them and the majority of the crowd cheering against them. It was another all-round good team effort, with everyone looking forward to tomorrow’s 8:30am game vs Oman.
The stand outs for the Aussies today were Adam Deans with 36 points, with strong support from Bailey Rowlands and Jordan Bartley.
#8 Adam Deans – 36 points
#10 Jordan Bartley – 10 points
#9 CJ Grogan – 8 points