The Emus have begun their Under-18 Asia Championships in style with an ominous 75-point win over host nation Thailand.
Written by Liam Ellison.
Every Emus player hit the scoreboard while 4 Australian’s reached double digits in a balanced offensive effort.
The Emu’s got off to a quick start in the first period, setting the tone with their fast-paced offense that saw the Emu’s benefit from a bevy of wide open threes. The Emu’s dominated the contest on the inside and from the outside, outsizing the Thai team dramatically. The Emu’s utilised their advantage in the paint, out rebounding the opposition 63-25.
Prior to the game Boomers star Andrew Bogut sent his best wishes to the Emu’s ahead of their big tournament.
The Emus big men took heed of Bogut’s advice, with Sam Froling (5 offensive), Callum Dalton and Kyle Bowen (5 offensive) rebounding strongly. The trio had 11 rebounds each to lead the way for the Emus, while Keli Leaupepe had 6 of his 8 rebounds on the offensive glass. Coach Darren Perry’s team managed to control the offensive rebounding, winning that battle 25-5.
The Emus continued their dominance in the second period, as they continued to knock down triples on their way to 15 for the game. Aiden Krause was having a hot shooting night, as he began to clock up points on his way to 19 for the game on 8/12 shooting.
The Australian’s shot at a 53% clip throughout the game as they began to create easy looks thanks to their intense defensive pressure. The Emus enjoyed a 31-3 advantage from fast break points. Coach Darren Perry went into the half with his team leading 53-19.
In the third period the home team began to put up a fight as they managed 19 points for the quarter. However, the Emus continued their dominance on the glass, creating points off second chance opportunities. Remarkably the Australian’s dominated the second chance points numbers 33-0.
By the end of the third period the Emus led by 48 points, with the game already decided the coaches had begun to employ a balanced rotation to ensure no players were overworked. Once the game had finished, the Emus had a remarkably balanced rotation as none of the 12 players played above 18 minutes and none below 14.
As the Emus took a huge lead into the last period the host-nation looked tired as they began to collapse. The Emus took advantage of their fatigued opponents by continuing to force them into turnovers. The Australian’s managed a whopping 36 points from turnovers compared to just 6 from Thailand. Darren Perry had his team playing a fast pace style, highlighted by the Emus wining the fast break numbers 31-3.
The Australian’s put together a dominant last period, winning 33-6 to run away 75-point winners.
Darren Perry, Chris Anstey and the rest of the coaching staff would be pleased with the performance of the Emus as they controlled both ends of the floor to come away with an impressive win. The Australian’s played a team brand of basketball, registering 26 assists for the contest.
For the Emus Aiden Krause was impressive with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. While Sean MacDonald (16 points), Kody Stattmann (15 points) and Tyler Robertson (14 points) were also instrumental.
The Emus next play Bahrain at 1:30pm today. Catch the game live on FIBA’s YouTube channel here:
The Australian Emus Schedule for the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship (all times AEST):
August 5: Emus vs Thailand W 119-44
August 6: Emus vs Bahrain 1:30pm
August 7: Emus vs New Zealand 1:30pm
August 8: Qualification to Quarter Finals
August 9: Quarter-Finals
August 10: Semi-Finals
August 11: Bronze and Gold medal games