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Opals belt Brazil in ideal Games hitout
Guy Hand
21:48 AEST Thu Jun 28 2012

The Opals have unleashed exactly the sort of pre-Olympics performance a gold medal hopeful should - showcasing style, substance, size and sweat for a series clean sweep against Brazil.

Led by Liz Cambage and Lauren Jackson in menacing moods, Australia's women's basketballers smashed the world No.6 102-58 at Victoria's State Basketball Centre on Thursday night.

Cambage finished with 23 points and seven rebounds, and Jackson 18 points and six boards to show she is over a hamstring problem which kept her out of the first of the three-game series.

The Opals have made no secret of saying they need all the elements of their game up and running to have a chance at beating the United States and winning the gold medal they crave in London.

Game three against Brazil showed the possibilities.

After promising signs in a 21-point win in Melbourne on Sunday and a seven-point triumph in Bendigo on Tuesday, the Opals brought it all together for most of the match against a team they will meet again in London in the group stages.

Suffocating defensive pressure - especially in the second quarter - built the platform for the win.

The Opals limited Brazil to just nine points in the period, and took a 43-27 lead to halftime.

What followed in the second half was even more exciting.

Their offence got going, the defence didn't relent.

Cambage was on the rampage, and when Jackson took the Opals' score to the edge of the ton with a mighty three-pointer with 40 seconds left, their medal credentials were established.

Jenna O'Hea was also excellent with 16 points, but there wasn't a bad player as coach Carrie Graf got something out of every one of her Olympic 12.

Coming off the bench, the unstoppable Cambage shot eight-from-eight from the field while Jackson played more than 25 of the 40 minutes without any concerns about her hamstring.

Graf said the Opals' possession play and defence were outstanding, as well as their excellent rebounding.

"Things are starting to click. You get some chemistry with different combinations out there and we've got different things we can go to," Graf said.

"To finish on a high note like this was really good for the group. They'll now go away, spend time with their families and come back refreshed for the Olympics.

"There were really solid signs of great things to come."

Brazil's star shooting guard Iziane Marques led her side with 18 points.

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