Walker impresses in Boomers'series

LUCAS  Walker continued to show Australian Boomers coach Andrei Lemanis he could play a world cup role if needed.

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The former Ballarat Miner made a strong impact at both ends of the floor when the Sino-Australian basketball challenge moved to China at the weekend.

Walker was particularly influential with 14 points in game three, including the opening two baskets, despite a 15-point loss in the Jiangsu Province.

He also started in game four, which China won by five points on Sunday night to tie the series at two games apiece.

It follows his stellar form in his Boomers' debut for games one and two against China in Perth last week.

This four-game series was about providing chances for emerging players like Walker, a Melbourne United forward, with NBA and European stars Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles, Brad Newley, David Andersen and David Barlow unavailable.

Meanwhile, Rachel Jarry is set to return to on-court action this week after almost six months sidelined since knee surgery.

Jarry has been cleared to take part in training activities for an Australian Opals training camp in Canberra from Sunday.

The former Ballarat basketballer played three games for Melbourne Boomers, under former Miners' coach Guy Molloy, before injury cut her Women's National Basketball League season short in January.