Rollers overcome Oman in game three of tournament

Rollers overcome Oman in game three of tournament

The rising Australian Rollers defeated Oman convincingly in the third game of the tournament to seal victory 86-23.

Australia got off to a good start with Adam Deans opening the scoring. The Aussies full court pressure on defence led to a number of steals and easy lay-ups. The strong defence meant Oman only scored their first points late in the quarter. The Aussie boys led 26–4 at quarter time.

Coach Gould started with a young combination in the second term — Bartley, Rowland, Grogan, Jeffery and Smith. Oman scored six quick points at the beginning of the quarter, and after a time out to refocus, Australia came back out with the intensity they had shown in the first term of the game, the score at half time was 46–14.

Australia convincingly built on their lead in the second half with a strong start to the third quarter. Australia’s defensive intensity in this quarter proved too strong for Oman with them scoring seven points for this term. The score at three quarter time was 58–21.

Intensity remained high in the final term of the game with the Australian team having a 18–2 quarter.  The young Aussies were keen to finish strong so as to be in the right frame of mind for the semi-final against Japan the following day. Australia showed that even though they are young, they have skill beyond their years with Tom O’Neill-Thorne (who turned 15 the day before) leading the way and controlling the point at different times throughout the game. 

The score at the final siren was 86-23. Best for Australia were Adam Deans, Tom O’Neill-Thorne, Nick Radovich, CJ Grogan and Jordan Bartley.

Top scorers:
#8 Adam Deans – 26 points
#4 Tom O’Neill-Thorne – 14 points
#14 Nick Radovich – 12 points