The TCU men made it 2-for-2 in victories and 100-point game on their Australia tour, knocking out the Australia Institute of Basketball’s Center of Excellence team 105-71 on Thursday behind 21 points and four blocks from Vlad Brodziansky.
Desmond Bane and Kenrich Williams each added 16 points for the Horned Frogs, and JD Miller had 11 points and nine rebounds. Keller’s RJ Nembhard added five points and seven rebounds in the game at Minto Indoor Sports Centre in New South Wales.
“We played really hard,” coach Jamie Dixon said in quotes provided by TCU. “They (COE) played hard. What a physical team they are. I was impressed with how big they were. It’s the best players in Australia, 19 and under. We are a little bit older than them, but it’s their best team. It’s their junior national team.”
Kouat Noi also had 11 points for the Frogs, who opened their five-game exhibition tour with a 108-54 victory against the Savannah Pride on Tuesday. Graduate transfer Ahmed Hamdy added 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. TCU shot 51.9 percent.
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The Frogs leave Sydney for their next game, scheduled for 5 a.m. Texas time on Saturday against the Melbourne All-Stars, a collection of professionals, at Dandenong Stadium in Melbourne.
TCU women 73, COE 58
Jordan Moore posted a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the TCU women to a 73-58 victory against COE.
Amber Ramirez also had 19 points, shooting 7-for-14 with three 3-pointers.
COE, Australia’s top training academy, had a 12-point lead in the first half before TCU tied it 25-25 at halftime. A 10-2 start to the third quarter and a 10-0 run later in the quarter put the Frogs in control.
“The COE is essentially Australia’s Olympic development program,” coach Raegan Pebley said in quotes provided by TCU. “These are the best players in this country in their age group and they’ve proven it at the international level.
“We had a slow start, but I’m really proud of how we adjusted, especially to the pace,” Pebley said. “It’s so physical over here. It’s physicality while adjusting to pace, and I’m just so proud how we adjusted.”
The Frogs are 2-0 in their four-game exhibition schedule. Their next game is at 11:30 p.m. Texas time Sunday against the NITP (National Intensive Training Program) All-Stars.