Rockingham teen shines at basketball World Cup

Stuart HortonSound Telegraph
Luke Travers.
Camera IconLuke Travers. Credit: FIBA

Rockingham teen Luke Travers has helped Australia to a sixth-place finish at the FIBA U-17 World Cup in Argentina.

Travers, 16, played a starring role for Australia averaging 12.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists across seven games, helping his side notch wins over Dominican Republic and eventual bronze medallists Puerto Rico in the group stage, Mali in the round of 16 and Croatia in the play-offs.

He shot an impressive 58.5 per cent from the floor throughout the tournament and hit a personal-high 20 points in Australia’s 74-70 loss to Canada in the quarter-final.

That loss put Australia into the fifth-eighth places mix, where it defeated Croatia 71-54 on Saturday, but lost the fifth-sixth play-off to Turkey 81-77 on Sunday, despite a nine-point, 10-rebound and four-assist showing from Travers and 18 points from fellow West Australian Luke Jackson.

Earlier this year, Travers was a member of the Australian U-16 Asian Championship winning team, where he averaged 11 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists and scored a game-high 22 in the final win over China.

He will return to Rockingham, where he has featured in six games for the Flames this State Basketball League season, including a 12 point outing against Goldfields on March 17.

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