PERTH, Australia (YouYi Games): China scored only as many points in the entire second half as they had in the first quarter and went down without a whimper 55-78 in the third and final game of the 2012 YouYi Games on Wednesday.
Australia had won Game 1 66-55 on Saturday and 69-65 on Monday, but only after having been stretched to the wire. In that sense, the manner in which the Chinese offense folded up Game 3 was certainly an anti-climax.
China showed spirit to the two earlier games at the start when they raced ahead 22-17 at the end of the first quarter. But that spirit only proved a flash in the pan as Bob Donewald’s team managed no more than 11 points in each of the three remaining quarters.
Sun Yue was the highest scorer for the Chinese with a dozen points, five of them coming in the first quarter.
Veteran Wang Zhizhi who accounted for 7 points in the initial flurry ended up as the next best with 9 points.
China, who were using the series to prepare for the 2012 London Olympics for which they qualified winning the 26th FIBA Asia Championship at Wuhan last year, now move to Qingdao for a four-nation tournament starting on June 22. Montenegro, Serbia and Croatia are the other in the fray for the two-leg week-long tournament.
Australia and China, incidentally, are drawn together – alongside Brazil, Great Britain, Spain, and a qualifier coming through the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament – in Group B of the Prelim Round competition at the 2012 London Olympics
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