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Good signs: Jnr Boys stand up in US test

Posted: 08-Jul-2019 by PanAm Games 2019

Beaten, but by no means embarrassed.

Facing powerhouse USA first up at the Maccabi Pan-American Games, Australia’s junior boys basketball side held their own for long stretches in a 86-48 loss that bodes well for their chances in the competition.

The Aussie side flew out of the blocks with some excellent defensive work as the likes of captain DK Morley and Zach Sher set the standard. Coming up against the pre-eminent force in world basketball, it was always going to be a tough start for Greg Shapiro’s team, but they looked up for the challenge.

In fact, the Americans appeared rattled early, not expecting the quality of an Aussie outfit who seem intent on giving oppositions a hard time in Mexico.

They trailed by just seven points after the first quarter and 17 at the half and continued to pester their opposition, making the US work for every point.

Morley performed strongly at the point, interchanging with Dean Gilbert in some strong phases of attacking play. Sher used his body excellently and converted his scoring chances with impressive efficiency.

In the end, the Americans proved too strong, nailing some big shots to streak away and grab maximum points. But make no mistake, this Aussie team showed their credentials, and will likely prove a tough opponent for the likes of Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil – who they’ll face in the coming days.