EMUS AND GEMS MAKE IT TWO FROM TWO AT 2016 FIBA OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

EMUS AND GEMS MAKE IT TWO FROM TWO AT 2016 FIBA OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Australian Emus and Jayco Australia Gems are in the box seat to finish top of their group after they both won their second games of the FIBA Under-18 Oceania Championships.

The Emus powered away after a relatively close first quarter against Guam to win 117-41 with every player hitting the scoreboard once again.

Leading 26-14 at the first break, Australia then went on a 19-0 run to start the second period and break the game open.

Makuach Maluach (nine points) was involved in the run while Jacob Rigoni (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Samson Froling (13 and nine) controlled the paint to help the Emus to a 65-21 rebound advantage.

Their long range shooting also impressed, with Lat Nai and Gabe Hadley combining for 25 points on six three's while Kyle Zunic shot 4-10 from distance for 14 points.

Guam hit 31% from deep themselves but were unable to slow down Australia who finished hitting 60% overall from the field.

Find the box score here while a replay of the game can be found below.

They now face host nation Fiji at 6pm AEDT tomorrow in their final group game.

After putting up 125 points yesterday, the Gems bettered that performance with a 134-20 victory over Samoa on Day 2.

The Samoan's found their way to the basket with easier access than Tahiti in the opening term but still trailed by 31 at the first break before going scoreless in the second period.

Jazmin Shelley (24 points, five steals) helped the Gems take control with her defence while Zitina Aokuso (22 points, eight boards) got to the free-throw line at will as Australia shot 24-40 overall from the charity stripe.

Samoa looked to push the pace in the second half and the ploy was successful for a few minutes as some long passes helped them get out in transition but the Gems quickly adjusted to once again halt their opposition's scoring.

Seven players finished in double-figures for Australia with Monique Conti hitting 6-7 from the field for 17 points while Ezi Magbegor recorded a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Her nine offensive boards were equal to Samoa's as a team.

The box score for that game can be found here while a replay of the game can be viewed below.

The Gems next face host nation Fiji at 2pm AEDT tomorrow with top spot in Group A up for grabs.

Find the full schedule for the Emus and Gems' remaining campaign below All times are AEDT.

Australian Emus:
Wednesday December 7: 6pm vs. Fiji
Thursday December 8 and Friday December 9: Semi-Finals
Saturday December 10: 5pm Gold Medal Game

Jayco Australia Gems:
Wednesday December 7: 2pm vs. Fiji
Thursday December 8 and Friday December 9: Semi-Finals
Saturday December 10: 2pm Gold Medal Game

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