Gems too good for Serbia

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The Jayco Gems began their 2015 FIBA U19 Women’s World Championship campaign with a bang, bolting past Serbia 105-62 in the Group D clash in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Already in the ascendancy and leading by nine points after the first 10 minutes, the Gems pushed hard on the accelerator with 33 points during the second period and that meant they were effectively out of sight by half-time.

“After a tight first quarter we really made an effort to get into our transition game offensively,” said coach Paul Goriss. “Having 33 points for the second quarter set up a great buffer at half-time. We also made some adjustments in the second quarter to our defence, which helped us get multiple stops and keyed our transition game.”

Alanna Smith top-scored for Australia with 18 points from a classy 7-of-10 floor shooting performance. Lauren Scherf, fresh from the World University Games in South Korea, also made it to double-figures with 11 points. Meantime, the Gems added 44 points from the bench.

Full box scores from the game can be found here.

“Every single player contributed tonight which is outstanding,” said Goriss.

Next up, the Gems play Brazil, who began their campaign with an 82-51 victory over South Korea with tip-off at 8.30pm AEST. You can watch a live stream of the game via FIBA’s YouTube channel.

Goriss said there is still room for improvement explaining, “We need to do a better job at boxing out and taking care of the ball.”