Duncan Leads Way as Australia Advances

June 29, 2013

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Boise State incoming freshman Nicholas Duncan guided Australia to an emphatic 73-45 victory Saturday, against Brazil at the FIBA U19 World Championships. Duncan led all scorers in the game with 18 points.

Duncan was 8-for-12 from the field to lead three Australian players in double figures. He added six rebounds. The Emus allowed Brazil to grab 20 offensive boards, but held it to 24 percent shooting. Australia held a 35-16 advantage at halftime and cruised from there.

The win secured second place in Group C for Australia (2-1). The Emus fell to Serbia Friday, 78-57. Through the preliminary round Duncan is averaging 12.3 points and seven rebounds per game.

Serbia took the top seed from Group C into the next round while Brazil was third and Senegal placed fourth. The top three teams from each of the four groups moves onto the round of 12, which is divided into two groups of six. The three advancing teams from Group C join the three advancing teams from Group D (United States, China and Russia), while Group A joins Group B.

Each team in the new groups plays the teams they have not faced yet, beginning Monday. Records will carry over from the preliminary round and the top four overall records from each new six-team group moves onto the quarterfinals.

At the Stankovic Continental Cup in China, Boise State rising junior Igor Hadziomerovic and the Australian team improved to 3-0 Saturday, with a 72-68 win against Puerto Rico. The Australian team, preparing for the World University Games, defeated host China 64-59 Friday.

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