Varsity players for South Houston cut up with their Australian guests as a day of international camaraderie comes to an end.
A touring basketball team from Australia took a liking to Mexican food at lunch but found South Houston High's home-cooked brand of basketball a bit unpalatable Friday night.
Maurice Ijeh led the way with 12 points as the Trojans enjoyed a Matilda-like waltz against the HSE Kangaroos, winning 76-27 before a festive crowd in the South Houston gym.
The Kangaroos' 16-and-under team won the opening game 42-38 against the Trojans' sophomore squad.
The Kangaroos, sponsored by Horizon Sports Events of Sydney, enjoyed a catered Mexican food lunch in the Trojans' Reinartz Center before the game.
The Australians began their U.S. tour on Monday in Los Angeles and finish up next week with additional games around Texas.
Students in Australia are currently on their summer break. Touring teams are usually randomly assembled pickup squads, made up of players eager to travel and play a slate of games against teams in other countries.
Competing against the Kangaroos' 18-and-under squad, the Trojans bolted to a 46-10 halftime lead.
Elton Dyer and Bradley Deanda finished with 11 points each for South Houston.
Matt Younri led the Kangaroos with eight points while Isaac Berghan-Smith added six.
South Houston's Maurice Ijeh (34) battles for a offensive rebound surrounded by Kangaroos, including Isaac Berghan-Smith (24). Trojans Kenneth Marshall (35), Elton Dyer (23) and Victor Andino (14) close in.
Elton Dyer (23) gets off a baseline shot for South Houston as Aussies Kyle Plant (20) and Gerarden Kennedy (25) move in for a possible rebound.
Mika Jones, a junior at South Houston, holds up a sign welcoming the visiting Kangaroos.
South Houston's Felipe Salinas (4) leads a break down the court flanked by teammates Maurice Ijeh (34), Elton Dyer (23) and Kenneth Marshall (35). Kangaroos defenders are Steven Shaw (50), Shawn Atkins (14) and Peter Nichols (11).
South Houston guard Byron Hodges makes a cut off the point in the second half.
South Houston senior Kenneth Marshall (right) shakes hands and shares a laugh after the game with the Kangaroos' Peter Nichols.
Kalena Lopez, a senior cheerleader for the Trojans, and Shawn Atkins, who lives in Echuca, Victoria, Australia.
South Houston senior cheerleader Lydia Montero and Peter Nichols, who lives in Logan City, Queensland, Australia.
Trojan cheerleaders gather around their Australian guests for a big sendoff.
Friendly foes show off their posing skills for an army of friends and family armed with cameras.