The Australian Mens Basketball Team, the Boomers, is looking good for medal glory at the 2020 Olympics with a good win against Nigeria followed up by an exciting game against Italy with a narrow win. The Boomers now play Germany this Saturday night (31st July).
Nellakir takes pride in the achievements of all of our Olympic Athletes, but particularly those competing for the Boomers and the Opals. As kids growing up most of these players honed their skills on Timber Sports Flooring often installed and maintained by our Nellakir Team. As a recognised sport, the Victorian and Federal governments have funded excellent facilities for the game at all levels in stadiums, local sports and leisure centres and schools. And with a little luck Netball will feature as a sport at the next Olympics in Paris.
Here is the full report on the recent game against Italy. Good luck on Saturday Boomers!
Tokyo Olympics: Australian Boomers hold on for thrilling win over Italy to remain unbeaten in Tokyo
Written By Benyam Kidane @BenyamKidane
The Australian Boomers remain unbeaten in Tokyo, holding off Italy for an 86-83 win to move clear at the top of Group B.
Jock Landale led five players in double figures with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Patty Mills added 16 points, and Nick Kay 15. Joe Ingles and Aron Baynes chipped in 14 apiece.
It was a nail-biting game the whole way, tied at 25 apiece after the first quarter, with Australia down one at the half and ahead three heading into the final frame.
Italy came undone late, going scoreless for more than four minutes in the fourth quarter until Simone Fontecchio cut the deficit to four points with a four-point play with 3:48 remaining, but the Aussies’ superior rebounding ultimately made the difference in the game’s key moments.
After Mills missed a 3-pointer, Landale tapped it back to Ingles, who buried the triple to make it 80-73. Nico Mannion scored a layup with 55 seconds to go, before Mills gave the Boomers a five-point lead with 32 seconds to go.
Let’s jump into the key takeaways at the buzzer:
1. Italy zero in on Mills
It was clear from the jump, the Italian’s were willing to dare the other Boomers to beat them as they sent plenty of defensive attention in Patty Mills’ direction.
After he scored seven points in the opening quarter, the double teams arrived as Italy did a great job keeping the ball out of his hands with their on-ball pressure, forcing the Boomers offence to stagnate for stretches.
They found their rhythm in the third quarter, hunting for mismatches in the pick-and-roll with Joe Ingles combining with Landale and Baynes to keep the offence ticking over and when crunch time hit, Mills came up with the timely bucket and a pair of free throws to seal the win.
He added six rebounds and five assists, shooting 6-of-17 from the field and 2-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Which leads me to the next point…..
2. The big men go to work
Jock Landale and Aron Baynes took turns bullying Italy in the paint as they crashed the boards, worked out of the pick-and-roll and forced Italy’s defence to collapse in the paint.
Landale led the Boomers with a team-high 18 points and seven rebounds, while Baynes finished with 14 points and seven rebounds — five coming on the offensive glass.
When the starting big man duo were out of the game, the Aussies didn’t let up inside with Nick Kay maintined the pressure with an impressive performance off the bench, recording 15 points and seven rebounds on 6-of-7 from the field.
“I thought our bigs tonight – running the line, getting some cheap baskets, keeping the ball alive, tip outs to threes – were really big for us,” head coach Brian Goorjian said post-game.
3. Where the game was won
Some key stats….
- Australia shot 21-of-39 (54 percent) from 2-point range, 11-of-31 (35 percent) from the 3-point line and 11-of-14 (79 percent) at the free throw line.
- Italy shot 25-of41 (61 percent) from 2-point range, 8-of-25 (32 percent) from the 3-point line and 9-of-10 (90 percent) at the free throw line.
- Australia dominated on the glass outrebounding Italy 44-31, especially on the offensive end, 16-6, which led a 17-5 advantage in second-chance points.
- The Aussies went deep into the rotation and outscored Italy 41-22 in bench points
4. Thybulle’s defence shines again
Following his impressive showing against Nigeria, Matisse Thybulle was at it again on the defensive end against Italy, blowing up pick-and-rolls, playing the passing lanes and contesting every shot that came in his direction.
He picked up two quick fouls and had to sit early in the game, but his ability to force turnovers and create transition opportunities was crucuial tonight as the Aussies struggled at times to generate offence in the half-court.
5. What’s next?
Group B continues on Saturday when Nigeria faces Italy and Germany faces Australia.
For a free no obligation consultation on your stadium or school’s valuable Timber Sports Flooring with one of our qualified Technicians, call 03 9467 6126 to schedule a time suitable for your appointment, or, if you prefer, simply leave your details here for a prompt response.