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Game Three Report: King Cadee leads Aussies home

The CPA Australia NBL All Australian team have produced a stunning 76-65 demolition of China in Beijing to claim their three-game series 2-1 on Tuesday night. The runaway victory was set up by the brilliance of Daniel Kickert (18 points) and Jason Cadee (15 points, 5 assists), and sealed by a classy 10-point cameo from Todd Blanchfield in the second half. For the second game in a row, Sydney King Cadee was unstoppable, penetrating at will, finding open shooters with monotonous regularity and producing the play of the game to shut down a Chinese surge late in the third period. The hosts had closed a 13-point deficit to three when Cadee drove baseline and coolly finished, then deflected the inbounds pass, chased it to the corner and nailed the trifecta. Moments later he exquisitely fed Kickert on the backdoor cut, who beat the buzzer and gave the Aussies a nine-point lead at the last break. Fittingly, Cadee found Kickert for his fourth and final three-pointer in the dying moments of the game to secure the game and the series. Chinese challenge It was China who started the game better, however, as Kickert continued his cold streak from the opening two games with a pair of wide open misses from the arc. In contrast, the home team went straight inside to their star teenager Zou Yu Chen (10 points) and he finished a dunk and tough put-back to give China a 7-2 edge. But Cadee converted a three-point play and Adam Gibson fed Majok Majok (7 points) for the dunk of the night to get the Aussies rolling. With China’s two first-choice point guards absent, Andrej Lemanis continued to deploy the full-court pressure with great effect, forcing the hosts into 28 turnovers for the game. The only thing keeping the hosts in the game was Zou’s personal block party on Mickell Gladness, picking up where he left off in the final stanza of from Game 2. Kicks fires Kickert finally found his range with a pair of long bombs, Clint Steindl also connecting from the land of plenty to give the Australians a 19-14 lead after 10 minutes. Gibson showed he and Kickert will have a dangerous combination with the Brisbane Bullets this NBL season, twice finding his new teammate for buckets. Cadee found David Barlow (9 points) for a triple, then converted a Tommy Garlepp steal into points and the score was 35-23 at half-time. China were always going to make a run in the third, Ding Yan Yu Hang (18 points) and Zhai Xiao Chuan (13 points) – both starters on the full-strength Chinese team – dragging the deficit back to three late in the period. But Cadee produced his incredible burst to restore the lead to nine at three-quarter-time, the Aussies landed four clutch triples in the final quarter and Blanchfield produced an outstanding spin move to the fade-away to put the exclamation mark on the victory. Australia 76 (Kickert 18, Cadee 15, Blanchfield 10) China 65 (Ding 18, Zhai 13, Zou 10)
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