Basketball: China Women make it a clean sweep at Asia Oceania Championship

China women went unbeaten at the 2019 Asia Oceania Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, as they defended their title they won in 2017.

They finished the tournament with a commanding win over Australia in the women’s final of the competition, 53-31.

This was the third time the teams had met in the competition, having already met in the group games, and China continued with their intensive defence as they had in the previous games.

Again, it led to numerous turnovers from Australia and it was compounded by them getting in to early foul trouble as well, allowing China to take an early advantage of eleven points at the end of the first, 16-5. They continued to extend the lead in the second quarter, winning it 17-7, to go in at half-time up, 33-12.

China went through a period of nearly eight minutes from the start of the third until they scored again. Australia went on a 7-0 run in this time, and a possible comeback was on.

China then had a 6-0 run of their own though to finish the quarter well, and keep the comfortable margin going in to the fourth. China won this 14-12 to complete the victory and secure the gold medal, with the young Australian’s taking home silver.

Both teams had already secured their spots at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games next year by making the final.

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