The Emerging Boomers have completed a sweep of their China tour, recording three wins in Shenyang against Serbia, Chinese club Liaoning Leopards and Cameroon to back up their three wins from last week in Nanning.
In positive signs for the future of the national team, the Boomers performed admirably with a shortened roster after Will Magnay suffered a leg injury that saw him miss the last three games of the tournament.
They took care of Cameroon 76-72 as the African team bounced back from their 27-point defeat the previous week.
Australia were also too good for Serbia in a physical contest, winning 103-93 as Jason Cadee lit up his opposition from the three-point line to record 40 points.
The Boomers’ team defence was on display in the second and third periods as they gained some separation before Cadee took over in a scintillating display.
In replacement for Andrej Lemanis who has headed back to Australia for the start of the Helloworld Boomers training camp, coach Adam Caporn was very pleased with the team’s performance.
“As a group we were aiming to get better with every outing on this tour and we certainly did that against Serbia,” Caporn said.
“Outstanding defensive pressure and our willingness to share the ball at the offensive end enabled us to get another well-deserved victory.
“Jason got hot after hitting a couple of shots and the guys did a great job of staying in our system and kept feeding him the ball…it was an impressive shooting display.”
Against the Leopards, the Boomers opened up an eight-point advantage by half-time and then staved off a comeback to secure an 86-79 victory.
Todd Blanchfield took over at the offensive end as he had done during the Nanning leg of the tour, recording 23 points on 6-14 three-point shooting.
He was joined in double-figures by Xavier Cooks (11 points) and Harry Froling (ten points, five assists, three steals) while Jordan Hunter dominated inside the paint with 18 points on 7-8 shooting, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Cadee was also influential, taking on more of a facilitating role to tally four assists with seven points.
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