International basketball hits regional WA
International basketball hits regional WA as the Australian Boomers men’s basketball team and China arrive in Albany this evening ahead of their big clash, Game Two, of the YouYi Games, the three-game series between the two nations as they build towards their London campaigns.
Game One saw the Boomers overcome a strong fight from China to overrun them in the last quarter, thanks in part to the impressive shooting display of local NBL star Peter Crawford (Townsville Crocs), who dropped four three-pointers in the final term on his way to a game-high 21 points.
The game, which is to be held at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre is already a sell-out, with local fans getting their tickets early for their chance to catch a glimpse at two of the highest ranked countries in the world.
Andrew Vlahov, CEO of event management company RV Sport who are holding the event said that it is a great occasion for the town of Albany, who has really got behind the game.
“It’s an enormous accomplishment for the town and is great recognition for the basketball association people and the business community to make it possible,” said Vlahov.
“Everyone has got behind it. The grandstand construction and court lay-out started earlier today and the guys are still there. There are 42 scaffolders and workman on site, it’s like an ants net, it is fantastic,” he said.
China will be looking to even the ledger, through the efforts of big man Dejun Han and guard Ailun Guo and company, with the Boomers hoping to take an insurmountable series lead.
“First blood went to the Boomers and I’m sure China would like to make amends. They had their chances yesterday and probably missed a great opportunity to go one up,” said Vlahov.
“Hopefully it’ll be another close contest,” he said.
The third and final game of the series will take place back at Perth’s Challenge Stadium on Wednesday, 13 June, tipping off at 8:00PM.
For further series information visit: www.youyigames.com.au.