Australian U19 Emus show signs of promise in pre-Worlds tournament

The Australian U19 Men's squad has completed their pre-Worlds tour, with the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship just days away.

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The squad began their trip in Spain, playing three games in Logroño - facing Croatia, Spain and Canada. After an impressive 2-1 record over their first three games, the squad travelled to Dubrovnik, Croatia (The location of Game of Thrones' Kings Landing) - facing Croatia, Greece and the Montenegro U20's squad.

As expected, the squad plays with a lot of energy, looking to push the ball in transition as much as possible. Dejan Vasiljevic and Jack White have had impressive performances in the lead-up to the World Championship, while Jack McVeigh and Kyle Clark have also showed signs of promise.

The Emus finished their pre-Worlds tournament in fifth place.


Pre-Worlds tournament results

Australia 101, Croatia 90

Spain 79, Australia 64

Australia 78, Canada 69

Croatia 99, Australia -59

Greece 80, Australia 67

Australia 79, Montenegro (U20) 67


The Emus have arrived in Crete, Greece and begin their FIBA U19 World Championship campaign against Canada on Saturday, tipping off at 10:30pm (AEST).

Make sure to stay tuned with our Emus coverage, as we provide previews and recaps over the coming days.