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Australia vs China FIBA Asia Cup live stream: Boomers and Chinese clash in quarterfinal

Brendan O'Neill in Basketball 16 Aug 2017

Australia and China square off in the quarterfinal of the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon on Thursday. Australia vs China is at 16:30 BST on Thursday, August 17. Watch & bet on live streaming basketball at bet365 > sports > live streaming basketball



Australia and China square off in the quarterfinal of the FIBA Asia Cup at the Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Lebanon on Thursday.  

The Australians qualified directly to the quarterfinals by sweeping Group D with easy wins over Japan (84-68), Hong Kong (99-58) and Chinese Taipei (90-50). Mitch Creek will lead the Boomers after averaging 15.7 points and 6 rebounds in the group stage.

Zhou Peng (FIBA)6x5x4x3xThe Adelaide 36ers wingman will get help from Daniel Kickert, Cameron Gliddon, Angus Brandt and Mitchell McCarron in the scoring chores. Head coach  Andrej Lemanis also expects quality minutes from Todd Blanchfield and Olympian Brad Newley. Defending champion China, meanwhile, barely survived Syria 81-79 in their playoff duel on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals. The once mighty continental giants trailed by as many as 15 points before dominating the fourth period 25-11 to avoid a major upset. Chinese fans had a sigh of relief after Jamil Saddir missed a jumper in the dying seconds that would've forced overtime.  Saddir got the offensive rebound after William Al Haddad missed a pair of free throws.

Olympians Guo Ailun and Zhou Peng will lead the Chinese in their quest to reach the medal round. The prolific duo will get support from young center Hu Jinqiu and Li Gen, who top scored with 19 points against the Syrians. 

Head coach Du Feng will also utilize Liu Xiaoyu, Ren Junfei and burly big man Han Dejun. 

The winner of this game will play either New Zealand or Jordan in the semifinal. Australia walloped China 93-68 in the preliminary round of last year's Rio Olympics. 

Australia vs China Notes

Winner will play either New Zealand or Jordan in the semifinalAustralia crushed China in last year's Rio OlympicsAustralia swept Group D to reach the quarterfinalChina barely survived Syria to advance to the last eight Back to Top