Ballarat rising basketball talent Georgia Amoore has helped Australia to the inaugural Asian girls’ under-16 championship title in India.
Amoore sunk a crucial three-pointer late in the final against Japan as the Sapphires claimed victory by the barest of margins, 61-60.
Japan led by as many as 13 points and it took a 29-19 second half by the Australians to get their hands on the trophy.
Australia went through the tournament unbeaten - having the better of Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Hong Kong in the group phase, Hong Kong in a quarter final and China again in a semi-final.
Amoore was part of a strong Victorian presence in the team, joining Jade Melbourne, LT Poa, Agnes Emma-Nnopu, Gemma Potter, Olivia Pollerd and Eliza Hollingsworth.
Amoore saved her best to last in the championship, playing 26 minutes off the bench in the final.
She finished with 10 points at 40 percent from the field, four rebounds and two assists.
Amoore’s statistical summary in other games:
Australia 61 d New Zealand 43
Amoore: 8 minutes, 39 seconds, 5 points (1 three-pointer), 2 rebounds, 3 assists
Australia 88 d Chinese Taipei 60
Amoore: 20:51, 18 points (2 three-pointers), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 7 steals
Australia 83 d South Korea 50
Amoore: 24:50, 12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Australia 123 d Hong Kong 29
Amoore: 13:40, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
Australia 86 d China 46
Amoore: 21:43, 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
The Sapphires’ success earns them direct qualification for next year’s FIBA under-17 girls’ world championship in Minsk, Belarus.