Boomers win after China’s coach sent off
China’s basketball coach Bob Donewald Jr was ejected for repeated verbal abuse as Australia posted a 78-55 triumph in Perth on Wednesday night.
A clearly agitated Donewald Jr was handed a technical foul in the second quarter for his aggressive behaviour, and was given his marching orders seconds later after he unleashed yet another verbal tirade at the refs.
China were leading 28-22 at the time, but Donewald Jr’s moment of madness sparked the Boomers into action as Australia went on an inspired 16-0 run to take control of the match.
The win made it a 3-0 series clean sweep for Australia, but the Boomers will face a far sterner test later this month when they take on Greece in a three-match, pre-Olympics series in Victoria.
Daniel Kickert scored 20 points for the Boomers, while Julian Khazzouh (16 points) and Aron Baynes (10) also chipped in with handy contributions.
Former NBA centre Wang Zhizhi scored nine points for China, but Sun Yue (12) was the only player on his team to hit double figures.
Boomers coach Brett Brown, who missed the opening two games of the series due to his commitments with NBA side San Antonio Spurs, would have been concerned with what he saw over the first quarter and a half as Australia continually missed open shots, especially from long range.
But the Boomers, minus overseas stars Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, David Andersen, Brad Newley, Aleks Maric and AJ Ogilvy, finally found some momentum when China’s American coach inexplicably lost the plot.
The Boomers scored 36 of the next 47 points following Donewald Jr’s exit to run away easy winners, adding to their triumphs in game one (66-55) and game two (69-65).© AAP 2013