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Melbourne United vs Tianjin game report

'Too strong' is not a term traditionally used to describe Melbourne United, but they have changed that perception this season with a massive front-court tool-up that flexed its muscle in their 133-62 smashing of Tianjin Ronggang on Saturday. United won the glass 59-22, while the 48-point third quarter proved that they haven't lost any of their trademark style amongst the influx of bigger bodies. Chris Goulding showed off the stepback and around-the-back pass, Ramone Moore's dribble moves made him look distinctly like NBL great Darnell Mee, while Devin Williams rocked the rim and even splashed a three. Blanchfield (9/12 shooting) tied Tianjin import Tre Kelley with a game-high 25 points, while Tai Wesley also showed off the range with 24 on 9/14 shooting. In a combined 35 minutes of court time, the sizeable duo of Majok and Williams (25 boards) ripped down more rebounds than the entire Tianjin team. It was United's first Australian Basketball Challenge and they wasted no time getting comfortable, launching 11 threes in their first 20 field goal attempts. Todd Blanchfield was the main recipient of great ball movement with three first-quarter triples, while David Anderson showed how valuable he is on the elbow, teaming up with fellow bigman Majok Majok who camped himself under the rim for multiple high-low plays. Tianjin's Kelley had a better handle on things on Saturday, blowing by renowned lock-down defender Cedric Jackson on multiple occasions, while captain Zhihan Zhang and Xiaong Meng Long posted long-distance responses of their own in the early going. Kyle Adnam made sure Melbourne didn't miss a beat when their bench brigade came on, while Moore showed enough to say he will fit comfortably in coach Dean Demopoulos' system, despite the box score. Both side went largely bucket-for-bucket in a fun second term, but United's 58-32 half-time lead blew out thanks to a 31-13 third-quarter run headed by Williams' strength inside. Williams was a one-man band inside for the bulk of the 48-20 quarter, while Wesley started coming alive in the shadows of three-quarter time. The former Breaker posted 19 points in a seven-minute period either side of the final break, while the likes of Adnam, Tohi Smith-Milner and Owen Odigie got theirs as the curtains closed on a fantastic first outing for United. They took all seven ABC points from the game, with the closest quarter margin being the 28-20 second term.   MELBOURNE UNITED 133 (Todd Blacnhfield 25, Tai Wesley 24, David Anderson 18) TIANJIN RONGGANG 62 (Tre Kelley 25, Zhihan Zhang 9, Ziaong Meng Long 8, De Shuai Shi 8) BOX SCORE
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