An Australian Men’s Team has been defeated by the Chinese national team, 70-51, in the final of the 2012 Stankovic Continental Cup in Guangzhou, China to finish second in the four-team invitational tournament.
Townsville Crocodiles rising star Todd Blanchfield led the way with a team-high 11 points for the Australians, while Cameron Bairstow added 10 points to be the only other Aussie in double-figures.
Yi Jianlian led the Chinese with 14 points and Yi Li added 12.
China had beaten the Australians in the preliminary round comfortably, and started the Final with an 18-10 run in the first period.
The Chinese then kept the young Australian side to just eight points in the second period, establishing a 34-18 edge at the long break.
A 20-13 third period in favour of the Chinese put the contest beyond doubt and, despite the Australians outscoring China 20-16 in the final stanza, the home team ran out comfortable 19 point winners.
Poor shooting cost the Australians, as they made just 12-of-40 two-point attempts and 6-of-25 threes.
The loss left the Australians second in the tournament, with Tunisia defeating Russia 80-512 in the earlier third-fourth playoff.