AUSTRALIAN GLIDERS FALL IN OPENING GAME OF OSAKA CUP

AUSTRALIAN GLIDERS FALL IN OPENING GAME OF OSAKA CUP

In their first game of the Osaka Cup in Japan, the Australian Gliders were left to rue a slow start as Germany defeated them 59-36.

With a number of senior team members taking time off for the tournament, the 2016 Osaka Cup provides an opportunity for new players to announce themselves within the Gliders squad.

However, it was the experience of Amber Merritt who led Australia, collecting 17 points and nine rebounds while four steals at the defensive end was a game-high.

After a slow start in which the Gliders fell behind 14-2 at quarter-time, they responded to take the second period and cut the margin to ten at the main break.

Germany proved too strong in the second half though, racing away in the third term as Mareike Miller tallied a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds.

For Australia, Sarah Stewart performed admirably under the rim, adding eight points to two assist and nine boards (five offensive) while playing all 40 minutes. Ella Sabljak recorded four points and six rebounds while Georgia-Munro Cook pulled down four rebounds in just 14 minutes.

The Gliders now face a double-header today against Great Britain and host nation Japan before the finals on Saturday.

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