Davidson?s Boomer debut comes at a cost

By STEVE SPINKS and AAP

MULLUMBIMBY basketballer Brad Davidson made it two wins from his only two international matches on Wednesday night when Australia overpowered an understrength China 89-50 in the second round of the inaugural Gaze Cup Four Nations tournament in Perth.

However, the 31-year-old rookie strained his groin, which may keep him out of the final match against New Zealand tonight in Sydney.

Davidson is desperate to play for Australia against the Tall Blacks as he is a good friend of Kiwi player Tony Rampton from their time together with the Cairns Taipans in the NBL.

The injury to Davidson, a back-up point guard, is proving to be a worry for Boomers coach Brian Goorjian.

Australia's point guard stocks are already thin and the team can hardly afford to lose the Hunter Pirates co-captain.

"The scary part a little bit for us, and it's been a constant problem, is we're thin in that guard spot," Goorjian said. "That sends alarm bells for what's coming up."

China, without their three seven-foot centres, dubbed the 'Wall of China', were out-muscled by the Aussies.

National Basketball Association star Yao Ming was one of the noticeable absentees from the Chinese team.

But Australia still had to defeat a side regarded as the sleeping giant of the sport.

China's scalp was added to that of Lithuania from Tuesday night.

To win the tournament the Boomers now need to defeat the Tall Blacks, who are also undefeated.

Davidson admitted to The Northern Star before the game on Wednesday night that he hoped to cement a spot in the Boomers squad.

"It's fair to say I got my chance because injuries," he said at the time.

"But now I want to take that chance and make the other guys take it off me."

Injury and talent got him into the Boomers line-up, but injury may well remove him from the Aussie squad.

AUSTRALIA 89 (Mark Worthington 15 Jason Smith 12 Wade Helliwell 11) d CHINA 50 (Li Nan 19 Zhu Fangyu 8 Yi Jian Lian 7) at Challenge Stadium, Perth.



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