Opals rating 91-45 win over Taiwan in Asia Cup basketball


The Opals have arrange a large group-deciding conflict with Japan within the girls’s basketball Asian Cup after cruising to a second large win by hammering Taiwan 91-45.

Australia was challenged greater than in its 71-point opening recreation rout of the Philippines, however the Opals’ top benefit, a number of scoring choices and stifling defence proved decisive on Tuesday.

Taiwan opened the scoring with a three-pointer, however that was its solely lead with Australia reeling off the following 11 factors.

The Opals’ lead by no means dipped under 4 as they led 19-12 at quarter-time and scored the final 9 factors of the second to steer 41-24 at half-time.

Australia maintained the stress all through the second half to steer by 30 at three-quarter time and conceded simply 5 factors within the last quarter.

The Opals had a colossal 68-21 rebounding benefit with Anneli Maley dragging down 15 boards.

Ahead Keely Froling added some offensive punch off the bench, high scoring with 16 factors and notching 9 rebounds and two blocks.

Captain Tess Madgen was good from the sector capturing 4 from 4 in her 12-point haul, a tally matched by fellow guard Madison Rocci.

Chantal Horvát scored 10 in 10 minutes, Alice Kunek additionally tallied 10 and pulled in 9 rebounds.

Taiwan shot at underneath 28 per cent from the sector and none of its gamers scored greater than eight.

“They put loads of stress on the ball. I believed as the sport went we did an incredible job of dealing with that,” Opals coach Shannon Seebohm stated.

“Significantly within the second half I believed we executed rather well and one other excellent defensive efficiency as nicely.”

Prime spot within the four-team round-robin group shall be settled on Wednesday when Australia performs Japan, which additionally moved to 2-0 with a 95-57 win over the Philippines.

Japan, which is looking for a sixth straight Asian Cup title, made 18 three-pointers in its win.

“They’ve positively acquired the benefit on the perimeter in opposition to us. We’ve acquired the peak benefit inside,” Madgen advised AAP.

“All of our match-ups shall be a top benefit, so it’s important we win the rebounding.”

In Group A, Korea additionally confirmed its menace from distance making 14 triples in its 76-54 victory over Lebanon, whereas unbeaten China beat New Zealand 80-46, outscoring the Tall Ferns 32-7 within the third quarter.