While the Australian adventure for the Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team got off to a strong start with a Tuesday win against the Dandenong Rangers before falling on Wednesday at Nunawading Basketball Stadium to Melbourne United, 85-75.
The game was a test of conditioning for the ‘Horns, as the young team was playing on one day’s rest against increased competition — Melbourne United plays in the National Basketball League, the top league In Australia.
After an impressive debut against Dandenong, star freshman forward Mohamed Bamba was once again effective for Texas, as he lead the Longhorns with 18 points and added five blocked shots.
Now playing off the ball and free to slash more often, junior guard Kerwin Roach Jr. scored 12 points, while freshman point guard Matt Coleman added 11 more.
Unsurprisingly, Roach has flashed his athleticism at a high level in Australia, starting the game against Dandenong with a thunderous drunk in transition and then finishing at the rim following a steal against Melbourne United while playing through contact:
Known as a flashy player in high school, Coleman hasn’t exactly toned down his game, showcasing a ball fake spin move against Melbourne United that echoed some of his highlight tapes from high school:
Meanwhile, fellow freshman Jericho Sims, a bouncy 6’9 forward, continued to post highlight-reel dunks:
Something tells me Jericho Sims is going to be fun to watch. Another massive throw down from the freshman. pic.twitter.com/oZKa0mq8RG— Ezra Siegel (@SiegelEzra) August 16, 2017
Texas returns to action on Friday at 7 p.m. Australian time (4 a.m. CT) against the Cairns Taipans, which also play in the NBL.