A host of NBL youngsters have begun their 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup campaign on a positive note, as Sam Froling, Kyle Bowen, Callum Dalton and Wani Lodu Swaka Lo Buluk impress across the first two matches.
In Australia’s 81-52 victory over Latvia, Bowen led the way with a team-high 15 points and 10 rebounds. He received strong support from fellow 2018/19 Perth Wildcat Swaka Lo Buluk, who recorded nine points and five rebounds, while Illawarra Hawks signing Froling (eight points, five rebounds, four assists) and Brisbane Bullets development player Dalton (eight points, eight rebounds) all had strong games.
Every player who hit the floor for Australia scored in the victory over Latvia.
In the narrow 81-76 loss to Canada, Froling stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Swaka Lo Buluk had seven points and four rebounds, while Bowen added two points and six assists.
Kody Stattmann, who has appeared in NBL preseason tournaments with the Cairns Taipans, led the Aussies in the scoring department with 21 points. NBL1 player and another youngster with Taipans ties, Tamuri Wigness recorded 13 points.
Australia’s next game is against Mali at 1:15am AEST on July 3, which is their final group stage match.
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