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January 10, 2005

AUS - Deaflympic basketball

From: FIBA, Switzerland - Jan 10, 2005

The 2005 World Deaflympics continue in Melbourne with mixed results for the Australian men and women.

Round two of the men's Deaflympics competition in Melbourne saw Australia take on Slovenia with the Aussies going down 54-79.

The Slovenians blew out the score in the opening period (27-8) and never looked back as they took the convincing 25-point win.

Sam Quinn was best for Australia with 16 points and six rebounds and Miha Zupan was best for Slovenia with 26 points and 17 rebounds.

In round three the Australians snuck away with a three-point victory over Russia 80-77.

Quinn was also top scorer in this match with another 16 points, while Matthew Hayman pulled down 11 rebounds.

Round four saw the Aussies give their cross-Tasman rivals New Zealand a basketball lesson, taking the game 144-40. Ben Magill topped the Aussie scoring table with 36 points while Sam Quinn had 32.

Australia plays Japan in the fifth round on Tuesday at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Australia's women went down to Sweden 96-36 in round three with Prudence Harpham scoring over half their points with an individual tally of 19. Lisa Westwood was best off the glass with 10 boards.

Cecilia Ferm was best for Sweden with 31 points and 26 rebounds, followed closely by Touria Quahid with 26 points.

Round four saw another defeat for the Aussie women, going down to the Ukraine 61-49.

Harpham was again best for Australia with 21 points, while Kim Kavanagh had 14 rebounds.

Olha Kyslyak was the stand out player for the Ukraine with 29 points and 13 rebounds.

The Australian women have finished their round games and are likely to playoff in the minor rounds.

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