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Australia dominate China to take 2-0 basketball series lead

1 June 2014

BASKETBALL: Australia's men dominated China in an eventful 85-64 win in the second game of their four-match basketball series in Perth on Saturday night.

China simply could not handle the full-court defence or physicality of the Australians and their coach threatened to take his men off late in the game.

In the last quarter an unsportsmanlike foul was called for a hard hit from Li Mu-Hao on Angus Brandt, and then Zhou Peng took it upon himself to go chest up to the referee.

The result was four Australian free-throws as the home side's lead stretched back out to 16 points early in the fourth quarter.

Coach Gong Luming lost his cool and was given a second technical foul, after receiving one in the first period for over-the-top complaining.

With two minutes to go and his team down by 20, Luming refused to leave the arena and told the officials that if he left his whole team would leave with him.

Eventually the game recommenced and finished with the Australia cruising to a 21-point win.

Dual Olympian Mark Worthington led the way with 14 points with point guard Rhys Martin contributing 13 and big man Luke Nevill 12.

Impressive youngster Brock Motum backed up his starring role in the game one overtime win with another 10 points and six rebounds.

Li Mu-Hao top-scored for China with 15 points.

Australia coach Andrej Lemanis was proud of the way his team handled everything that was going on around them with the antics of the Chinese coach and players.

"Tonight went over the line obviously, but it was a good experience for our kids to go through that," Lemanis said.

"For our young guys like Hugh (Greenwood) to go through that experience and have to deal with that, and not react emotionally, and now in China we are going to have the same sort of challenge put in front of us."

The final two matches are to be played in China on Friday and Sunday.


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