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    Australia proves too good for host China to claim maiden Fiba Under-16 Asian title

    Apr 8, 2018
    Australia's Under-16 team celebrates a first-ever Asian title. 

    AUSTRALIA routed China, 91-67, in the final to claim its maiden Fiba U16 Asian Championship title on Sunday in Foshan, China.

    China led early in the final but the Australians' length, versatility and energy proved to be too much to handle for the hosts.

    Australia outscored China, 74-44, from the second quarter onwards.

    Luke Travers led the way for Australia with 22 points, while Wani Swaka Lo Buluk and Tamuri Wigness added 21 and 20 points, respectively, in the lopsided win.

    Fellow first-timer New Zealand also ended its campaign on a bright note after blowing out Philippines, 76-60, to finish third place overall.


      Marvin Williams-Dunn stepped up for the Junior Tall Blacks with 17 points while Mitchell Dance added 16 points and seven rebounds of his own.

      In the classification games, Korea exacted revenge on Japan to finish fifth overall, 75-63, while Iran were too good for Lebanon, 95-82, and finished seventh.

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      The final standing of the FIBA U16 Asian Championship:

      1. Australia
      2. China
      3. New Zealand
      4. Philippines
      5. Korea
      6. Japan
      7. Iran
      8. Lebanon

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