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Oct 21

Final Game of Aust Tiger China tour

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Game seven on the Aust Tigers China tour was against an old foe and friend in Brian Goorjian. Dongguan is a strong team in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) competition  having finished third last year and we knew that the challenge ahead was very tough. Not only were the opposition very strong but it was the seventh game in 11 days and the energy levels were also going to be a factor for the Aussie boys.

Dongguan were big strong and long and Goorjian had recruited one off the best Americans in the CBA and he was going to be tough to handle for our bigs Simon Conn, Tim Lang and Jared Scoines. Tim Lang was a powerhouse in the first half scoring well and he kept us in the game. After half time the scoring power switched to Simon Conn who knocked down shot after shot after shot. Both Simon and Tim finished the game in the mid 20 point range.

Everyone played well once again with Ryan Barnes being very effective through hustle and effort, Shane McDonald was his usual brilliant self and Daniel Joyce was solid as he had been all tour.

Oct 20

Aust Tigers China tour update

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First of all, apologies for not having posted game result for the past few games, let’s just say that the internet services in Northern China are not the best.

Currently in Dongguan which is in southern China and close to Shenzhen and also Hong Kong. We have played six games to date and are yet to post a win on the scoreboard, however by the coaching staffs reckoning, we have had three or perhaps four moral victories on tour, so our result should really be more like 3 wins and 3 losses.

All games have been close and the boys have played very hard and represented themselves, their families and their country very very well. The circumstances of the tour have been very confronting as nothing has gone in our favour and the resilience of the group has been a testament to their toughness.

Oct 14

Game 3 Aust Tigers v Shenyang Dinosaurs

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After having lost narrowly in the previous games against the “Dinos”, the boys and coach Andrew “Keefy” Gaze were primed to register our first win for the tour.

Zaryn had missed the first two games after injuring his ankle and he was suiting up for the first time on tour despite some bruising in his foot remaining. It was great to see him suiting up for the first time.

The Tigers started the game slow again and the Dinos jumped out to an early lead. As seems to be the pattern, we fought our way back into the game and the lead changed several times in the first half.

Oct 12

Game 2. China Tour. Aust tigers v Shenyang Dinosaurs

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Game two of the China tour took place on Tuesday night here in Shenyang and it turned out to be a cracking game. The Aust Tigers boys piled ourselves into a bus and travelled for 90 minutes to a neighbouring city to take on the same team we encountered the night prior.

We arrived to find another terrific stadium to play in and a near capacity crowd of 6,000 people in attendance.

Our first problem for the night was that both teams had only brought their dark outfit to the game and this would cause identification issues during the game, As it turned out it was not such a big deal.

Oct 11

Game 1 Aust Tigers v Shenyang Dinosaurs

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 The Aust Tigers played our first game of the tour last  night and the Dinosaurs won by 8 after a impressive game by the under prepared Aust Tigers. The drama of the tour commenced on the first day when our shooting guard Zaren injured himself at shoot around several hours before the game. Strangely enough it was not on the court but happened as he left the venue knocking his shouldert on the way out and then twisting his ankle on an uneven footpath on the step down. It goes down as the unluckiest 20 seconds of Zarens life and due to this unusual accident he would not play in the ffirst game.

Arriving at the venue we were amazed by the size of the Dinosaurs team. Josh Powell was in the line up, he has been playing with the Los Angeles Lakers for the past few seasons and was spending a season with the Dinosaurs due to the lock out in the NBA.

The game was a sell out and just short of 5,000 basketball fans were at their vocal best supporting the Dinosaurs.

Oct 10

China tour. October 2011.

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Annually Andrew Gaze along with the owner of Golden Star Bing Liu conducts several basketball tours to China. Currently a group of Australian players with varying levels of basketball experience are on tour with the first game commencing today, Monday the 10th of October. Amongst our group is CJ Massingale from Knox, Tim Lang from Kilsyth, Shane McDonald from Nunawading, Daniel Joyce and Ryan Barnes from Ballarat..

Currently in Shenyang we play our first game against the Shenyang Dinosaurs as part of their preparation for the upcoming Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) season. Shenyang is north of Beijing and after arriving here late yesterday and after a workout this morning, hopefully our guys are ready to go.

With the NBA lockout, there are a host of current and former NBA players sprinkled amongst teams throughout China and tonight the Dinosaurs have a former NBA centre from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Oct 03

New Season, New NBL DreamTeam Season

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Four days untill the season tip off and must admit starting to get a little excited. I have just been informed that the NBL dream team fantasy league has opened and with four days before the start of the season thats not long to pick a ten man side.

Anyone interested head to and log in, and if interested in joining a league my code is  167348.

Sep 14

Khazzouh's put back lifts Kings over Tigers in bizarre finish

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In a remarkable come from behind victory, the Sydney Kings have defeated the Melbourne Tigers, 84-83, in an NBL pre-season affair at Kilsyth.

Kings big man Julian Khazzouh capped of an amazing finish to the game when he wrestled an offensive rebound off a missed free-throw to put back the game winner with 4.3 seconds remaining.

Patty Mills, in his first public outing for the Tigers, missed a potential game-winner as time expired.

Khazzouh's heroics capped off an unbelievable run from the Kings, who after trailing by eleven points (70-81) with two minutes left to play, stormed home to snatch the most unlikely triumph.

Khazzouh finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Kings, Aaron Bruce scored 14 points, Anatoly Bose had 11 points and 9 boards, while Jerai Grant added 10 points and 7 rebounds for the visitors.

Mills, who surprisingly started on the pine, paced the Tigers with 23 points. Lucas Walker finishing with 14 points, Cameron Tragardh 10 points and 7 rebounds, Ayinde Ubaka 10 points and Tommy Greer 10 points, hit double-digits for the Tigers.

The Kings opened the game strong, leading 15-6 after Grant flushed one home, and even after the Tigers snatched the lead on back-to-back triples from Mills, the Kings led 26-21 at the first break.

The Kings made that 47-40 on Luke Martin's jumper to beat the half-time sound, and kept their lead, 64-59, at three-quarter time after the Tigers trimmed back a 12 point deficit (64-52) with two minutes left in the third period.

The Tigers remained on a roll through the opening of the 4th stanza, extending their run to 18-0, before Ian Robillard finally threw up his hands and hollered for a time-out, the Tigers leading 70-64.

The Tigers appeared to have the champagne popped when Ubaka drained a pair of baskets to give the Tigers an 81-70 advantage entering the two minute warning.

Then in the blink of an eye, the Kings went into light speed as Khazzouh went back-to-back, the second finishing with three points the old fashioned way, then Bruce made it 77-81 with just over one minute on the clock.

Following a free-throw to Daniel Dillon, which gave the Tigers a 82-77 lead, Bruce drained a triple to bring the Kings within a basket.

Ubaka was sent to the line, making one of two with 17 seconds on the clock, the Kings securing the rebound and giving themselves one final shot.

Then it a bizarre finale, Mills fouled Bruce attempting a three-point field goal.

Bruce made the first and made the second, but his third free-throw missed, allowing Khazzouh to fly in and be the savior for the Kings with his put back.
Sep 09


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After 10 years and 277 games with the Melbourne Tigers, Daryl Corletto is set to leave the only NBL club he has ever played for and join forces with the New Zealand Breakers in 2011-12. It is believed he has signed a one-year contract with the reigning NBL premiers.

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Sep 08

Basketball back on the public radar...

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What a brilliant night it was at the "Cage" last night where the Boomers hosted the Kiwi's in game one of a best of three series to qualify for the London Olympics. In point form here are some positive aspects to the night: -

Both the Opals and Boomers teams won against a full strength Kiwis teams without arguably our two or three best players suiting up for each team

The venue was at capacity and the fans were vocal and having a great time

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