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Australia routs China 89-50 at Gaze Cup
Updated: 2005-08-11 06:56

CANBERRA, August 10 (Xinhua) -- Australia beat China 89-50 at the Gaze Cup four-nation basketball tournament in Perth, Australia, Wednesday night.

Li Nan(C) fights for a shoot as China lost 89-50 in second Gaze Cup match against Australia. [sina]
This is Australia's second victory after it downed Lithuania 71-66 Tuesday night.

China was beaten 90-70 by New Zealand Tuesday night.

China's foreign-based trio, NBA super star Yao Ming, Menk Bateer and Wang Zhizhi, are absent from this tournament.

Australia opened with an early 12-4 lead before Li Nan, who topped all scorers in last night's loss to New Zealand with 16 points, and Liu Wei drained three-pointers as an 8-0 run tied the score at 12-12, Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

A three-point play from Australia's CJ Bruton and a thunderous jam from Glen Saville set Australia on a 13-0 run that helped establish a 25-14 break at quarter-time.

Australia then gradually increased its lead at every change, breaking the game wide open with a dominant 17-0 run late in the third quarter.

The final period was a procession as Australia continued its preparations for the Oceania series against New Zealand later this month that will determine seedings for next year's world championships in Japan, according to AAP.

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