LIUZHOU (FIBA World Championship) - Australia edged out China by a single point in the opening game of the Stankovic Continental Cup as both teams continued their warm-ups for the FIBA World Championship.
Australia rallied to come from behind and disappoint the enthusiastic home crowd.
David Andersen scored the winning basket with one second left to play, laying-in after Patrick Mills drove to the basket to clear space.
“We called a time out and made sure we got the ball to Patty, and he made a great play to find David,” Australia coach Brett Brown said. "David then made a difficult, skilled shot. That was just two NBA players making plays. They got us over the line.”
Mills led the Boomers with 13 points while Matt Nielsen added 12.
Washington Wizards forward Yi Jianlian led China with 17 points while Wang Zhizhi had 12.
Brown was happy with the way his players fought back.
“The first half we were very erratic, and it was really a typical first game after a tough training camp,” said Brown. “Our rhythm was just not there yet and we were very scattered. We had 11 first-half turnovers and sent China to the line 17 times because we came out a little too aggressive. That’s a natural by-product of us coming off a very good training camp.
“We got down double digits twice, but to the players’ credit they persevered and the second half was much better. We only had four turnovers, they only got to the line eight times and I was happy with our defence in the second half.
In the other game, Sani Becirovic came up with a game-high 23 points to lead Slovenia to a 107-74 victory over Iran.
Goran Dragic, who had only joined up with the team a day before the game, added 15.
Iran scored the first five points of the game, all through Asghar Kardoust Poustinsareal, but Slovenia soon found their stride and were not troubled again after the first quarter.
Mahdi Kamrany led Iran with 22 points.