Staccato: Historic – Aussies and Sam Win !

Australia makes historic run in the 2018 FIBA U18 ASIA Championships!


Courtesy:  FIBA Asia


The Australian U18 National Team made an historic undefeated run through the 2018 FIBA U18 ASIA Championship (Nonthaburi Stadium 29, Thailand) and claimed their 1st ever FAC U18 title.  The Aussies, ranked 9th worldwide, faced a tough New Zealand squad in the finals.  Although the Emu’s had bested the NZ team earlier in Group Phase C play to open the tourney, it was a tough game in the finals.  Australia won 72-63.

Perennial favorite China took 3rd over the Phillipines 76-57 to avenge an earlier Group Phase B loss.  China had won 11 previous titles.  The PI had won 6 previous titles.  Both Australia and New Zealand were entering their 1st U18 FAC championship game.


Courtesy: Australia National Team

Creighton’s 2018 commit Samson Froling was an integral part of the Emu’s team play, having big games in several of the contests.  He is listed as one of the top efficiency players of the event.  Sam avg this event…

14.2 Pts  (N*13) 9 Rebounds   (N*9) 1.7 Assts   (N*24)


Courtesy: FIBA U18 Asia Championship


Sam has been busy this summer with the NBA Global Camp in Italy this past June, Omaha Metro Summer League play in July, and now the FIBA U18 ASIA Championships.  Great work Sam and congratulations on another championship!




Congratulations to the Australian U18 National Team and Australian Basketball!



*All 4 semi-finalists: Australia, China, New Zealand and Philippines all claimed victories in the Quarter Finals to secure a ticket to the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in 2019.