Boomers On Target for Olympic Games 2020

After failing again, falling at the last hurdle, the Boomers missed out on a medal by the narrowest of margins – again, in China.

But it’s certainly not all doom and gloom in the Australian team camp with much to look forward to.

Add Ben Simmons to the mix and the gaps begin to be filled. Dante Exum, Jonah Bolden and Thon Maker will present an overall formidable team of internationals currently playing at the highest level.

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The Boomers’ emerging generation offers hope to finally break our medal drought at the Tokyo Olympics

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The Boomers failed to win a basketball World Cup medal — again.

The World Cup in China represented the Boomers’ best chance to scale the heights of men’s basketball: devoid of superstars, the United States had fallen; the powerful Serbians, too, perished after a shock loss.

But there are no guarantees in elite sport as the Boomers found out against a veteran Spanish team well-rehearsed in winning medals at major events.

Had Patty Mills not missed a late free throw in the semi-final match against Spain, we could today be hailing the Boomers as World Champions.

Instead, the Australians were dragged through an epic double-overtime loss that left them physically and emotionally drained.

So small are the margins in international basketball that the Boomers ultimately leave China empty-handed.

It was no surprise to see them settle for fourth after a predictable loss to France in the playoff for Bronze — Australia’s tank simply ran dry.

As brilliant as the Boomers campaign was through their first six matches, flaws were exposed when it mattered.

The Boomers had to rely too heavily on too few in their quest to win their first medal at a major competition.

No one could question the commitment of Patty Mills and Joe Ingles.

Mills finished as the tournament’s third leading scorer while Ingles routinely made important plays.

Yet as their minutes grew, their effectiveness diminished. Depth became an issue.

The Australians used a nine-man rotation across the tournament.

Three members of Australia’s 12-man squad — Nathan Sobey, Cameron Gliddon and David Barlow — combined for less than seven minutes of total court time.

But on the evidence of this campaign, Australia is in tremendous shape for a breakthrough performance at the 2020 Olympics.

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Joe Ingles of was one of Australia’s most consistent performers at the 2019 basketball World Cup, in China.

The likes of Mills, Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova and Andrew Bogut are still hungry for international success, and while they may carry the scars of heartbreaking finishes at World Cups and Olympic Games, NBA-based reinforcements are on the way.

The game changer in Tokyo will be Ben Simmons.

The 23-year-old Philadelphia 76ers point guard is already considered the best male basketballer Australia has ever produced and is expected to make himself available for next year’s Olympic Games.

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Ben Simmons will carry the hopes of a team — and a nation — at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Simmons is the future of Australian men’s basketball and his inclusion would likely lead to a seismic shift in the way the Boomers play.

If the coaching staff and team veterans embrace what he brings in playmaking, the Boomers will be feared by everyone.

Simmons has often spoken about his desire to represent his nation on the world stage. Leading Australia to a first men’s Olympic medal would be a perfect way to start.

But Simmons will not be the only fresh face expected to be available for the campaign.

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If he’s fit, Dante Exum will bring plenty of speed and athleticism to the Boomers’ Olympic squad.

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum missed the World Cup while recovering from a serious knee injury (not the first of his brief professional career) but wants in on what the Boomers are building.

Simmons’ Philadelphia teammate Jonah Bolden and Detroit big man Thon Maker are both expected to be available. Australia could effectively field a 12-man team made up entirely of overseas-based players.

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At 7ft 1in (216cm), Thon Maker would definitely bolster the Boomers’ big man stocks at Tokyo.

Of course, much can happen between now and Tokyo 2020.

Just ask USA basketball about the vagaries of player availability; of the 35 players initially selected in the USA’s player pool for the World Cup, only four ended up on the final roster — largely due to player drop-outs.

Unfortunately for the Boomers and every other Olympic basketball nation, the embarrassment of a 7th-placed finish for Team USA will spur America’s legion of NBA superstars to restore dignity at international level.

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Team USA will be out to atone for their miserable World Cup showing at the Tokyo Olympics.

The household names will be back and the desire to dominate will return.

So while Australia’s medal chances have never been brighter, Olympic gold may remain elusive.

Source: abc.net.au

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New Courts Scheduled for the Royal Park Hockey and Netball Centre.

It’s full circle for Nellakir this month after having been awarded the contract to construct 6 new competition Timber Sports Flooring courts at the Victorian Headquarters for Netball at Royal Park. Back in 2001, Nellakir completed the construction and installation of the two main Competition Courts at the facility. These were scheduled to coincide with the Commonwealth Games hosted in Melbourne in 2006. View case study

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With the phenomenal growth of the game, the time has now arrived to expand the Royal Park facilities and provide absolute premium playing surfaces for the ever expanding and popular game of Netball here in Melbourne. As the State centre for Netball, the facility can utilise the new courts in hosting major competitions going forward. Nellakir are proud to be involved in this innovative and much needed project.

 

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At the same time Nellakir are proceeding to replace the existing court and facilities at Richmond High School, commencing shortly. This will also provide the local community with an excellent facility for premium competition.

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Unfortunately, the Boomers missed the medal count again in China at the World Cup, We look forward to the Olympics in Tokyo.

Here’s a quick report on the Bronze Medal play-off with France.

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019: Australian Boomers fall to France in bronze medal game

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The Australian Boomers’ fell short in the bronze medal game, going down 67-59 to France at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

After leading by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, the Boomers let the lead slip as Nando De Colo took over for France, surging back into the game behind a 19-6 run.

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The Boomers have lost four previous bronze medal games, all coming at the Olympic Games (1988, 1996, 2000, and 2016).

Nando De Colo led France with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, taking over in the second half to power France home.

Evan Fournier added 16 points, while Nic Batum and Andrew Albicy chipped in nine each, with Albiciy draining three triples in the fourth quarter, including the dagger to extend the lead to seven points with 1:06 remaining.

Joe Ingles led the Aussies with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Patty Mills was on the only other scorer in double figures with 15.

Mills had the Aussies going early, scoring eight points in the first quarter as the Boomers took a 16-11 lead after 10 minutes. Ingles took over in the second, leading the Aussies with 12 points as they took a 30-21 lead into half-time.

Ingles’ and-1 layup over Rudy Gobert with 7:34 remaining in the third extended the lead to 15, before De Colo and Fournier powered France back into the game, cutting the lead to four points heading into the fourth quarter.

After both teams traded the lead, France siezed control when Gobert’s first bucket of the game put them up 60-56 with 2:06 remaining.

De Colo then produced a clutch steal with 1:25 remaining, before Albicy’s triple gave France some breathing room. France held strong down the stretch, thanks to some Batum free-throws, winning the final quarter 25-13.

De Colo was instrumental in France’s comeback, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter.

Turnovers continued to plague the Aussies in their semi-final, amassing 19 to France’s 13.

Source: sportingnews.com

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The World of Basketball is Changing – or is it? – USA Out of World Cup

For the first time since 2006, the USA won’t win Gold. And for the first time ever Australia’s Boomers have made it to through to the semi finals.

Perhaps what this shows is two things. First the NBA fiercely protects its players. Of the 35 players selected last year for the Team America squad only 4 ended up playing.

The second factor is that the sport is becoming truly global. Based on their talent, it could well be the Boomers will be a force to be reckoned with. Yes we can dream. The Boomers meet its nemesis Spain. Spain denied the Boomers a Bronze Medal in Rio De Janero at the last Olympics. Game Time 6pm Friday 13th.

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USA knocked out of FIBA basketball World Cup, Australia advances to semi-finals for first time

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The Boomers have flown into the semi-finals of the FIBA basketball World Cup, but the favourites and reigning champion US team are out after suffering a shock defeat to France.

French star Evan Fournier scored 22 points and Rudy Gobert had 21 points with 16 rebounds as France beat the US 89-79, rallying from a seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit to pull off the upset.

For the first time since 2006, the US sent NBA players to a major international tournament and won’t win gold.

This is the first time the US will not win a medal at the World Cup since being stunned on home soil in 2002.

“[We’ve] just got to take it like a man at this point,” US guard Kemba Walker said.

“We lost. There’s nothing we can do. We competed. We’ve been competing since day one that we got to training camp. But we gave it everything we’ve got.

“I know we’re Team USA and things of that nature and they’ve been winning for a lot of years, but you know, we didn’t get a chance to pull it off.”

The US team was heavily undermanned heading into the tournament, with CJ McCollum — a player who was initially selected but later withdrew from the squad — saying that a fear of failure could have been to blame.

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‘What did you expect?’

Many pundits in the US were writing Team USA off before they even arrived in China.

Suffering a first-ever defeat to the Boomers in Melbourne before the World Cup just added fuel to the fire as journalists said the early exit came as no surprise.

“What’d you expect? I mean you rolled out your C team,” Former NBA star Raja Bell said.

“I’m not surprised that they ended up getting beat by someone because while they’re good players, they’re not the best that we have to offer.”

The US team had several high-profile players pull out of the squad in the early stages of training, with the AP reporting that of the 35 players originally picked last year, just four made it to China.

That led some US-based journalists to question the selection process.

“[It] doesn’t matter who is on the team, and I couldn’t be more proud of these 12 guys who sacrificed their summer to come here, having never played with each other before,” US coach Gregg Popovich said.

“They put themselves in the arena and competed, and they deserve credit for that, just like France deserves credit for winning. It’s not about, ‘Well, the United States didn’t have their other guys’.

“There’s no such thing as other guys. These are the guys that were here, and they did a great job, and I’m very proud of them.”

The US had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competition, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 World Championships and continuing through every FIBA Americas, World Cup and Olympics event since.

It was bidding to become the first nation to win three consecutive World Cups, after winning three straight Olympic golds in that span but will now focus on the Olympics in Japan next year.

“Any loss hurts,” Popovich said.

“And in this situation, it hurts more.

“But life goes on. This is very important and we would have loved to have won … but we’re all grown, we all have families and lives and life goes on.”

Boomers qualify for World Cup semis

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The Aussie Boomers have qualified for the Basketball World Cup semi-finals for the first time, after defeating Czech Republic 82-70 in China.

The Boomers, who had never gone beyond the quarter-finals in 11 previous appearances, defeated the tournament debutants on Wednesday night, and will meet Spain on Friday.

It was Spain who broke Australian hearts at the last Olympics by denying the Boomers a first ever medal in global competition by prevailing in the bronze medal match.

Meanwhile, France has upset the United States after winning 89-79 and will also advance to the semi-finals where they will take on Argentina.

This was Australia’s sixth straight win in China, and in doing so, they avoided becoming the latest surprise casualty at this unpredictable World Cup.

“They caused us to be a little anxious early,” Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis said.

“It took a while to find our rhythm offensively but once we did I thought we did a nice job.”

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San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills was again the standout, leading the scoring with 24 points.

The 31-year-old guard also had six assists and four rebounds.

Argentina stunned favourites Serbia on Tuesday while reigning two-time champions the United States were dumped out by France on Wednesday.

Australia were heavy favourites in Shanghai against the Czechs, who bravely hung on until midway through the third quarter, when the Boomers cranked up the pressure.

Australia had survived the World Cup “Group of Death” also including Canada, Senegal and Lithuania, before beating the Dominican Republic and then fellow semi-finalists France in a thriller.

Veteran Australian Andrew Bogut was again loudly booed throughout by fans in Shanghai upset with a tweet he wrote in July about Chinese swimming star Sun Yang.

He goaded the crowd afterwards with a dance as he came off the court.

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Source: abc.net.au

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Basketball World Cup 2019 Gets Underway

For Basketball fans there is a smorgasboard of delight commencing right now in China – the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Here’s some help to get you hooked up to the games being live streamed. Tonight Lithuania – a crazy basketball mad Eastern European Nation meets Australia’s Boomers at 9.30pm Eastern Standard Time (Thursday 5th of September)

From http://www.techradar.com here’s the lowdown on viewing the series.

Basketball World Cup 2019 live stream: how to watch every FIBA game online from anywhere

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Forget the NBA…international basketball supremacy is at stake

The 18th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup is in full swing in China across eight different venues. It may feel like a long way from you are, but at least you’re in the right place to discover how to get a Basketball World Cup live stream from your corner of the Earth.

While usually held every four years, there’s been a bit of a longer wait for Basketball fans this time out, with the tournament delayed by a year, meaning it now falls out of sync with the FIFA World Cup for the first time. There’s also a new expanded format, with 32 teams now taking part, up from the previous 24.

The USA go into the tournament as two-time defending champions as well as clear favourites, and will be looking to become the first nation to win the World Cup three times on the bounce.

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It won’t be a cakewalk for the Americans, however. Many of the big names from the NBA have not made themselves available, with the likes of Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Paul George and Anthony Davis all withdrawing.

On top of that, the chasing pack this time out will be stronger than ever, with Serbia, Spain and Greece all genuine contenders.

Beyond the tournament itself there’s more at stake – the FIBA World Cup will this year act as qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, with seven of the twelve spots up for grabs (the top two finishers from both Europe and the Americas, along with the top one from each of Africa, Asia and Oceania).

FIBA World Cup 2019 Groups

  • Group A: China (hosts), Venezuela, Poland, Ivory Coast
  • Group B: Russia, Argentina, South Korea, Nigeria
  • Group C: Spain, Iran, Puerto Rico, Tunisia
  • Group D: Angola, Philippines, Italy, Serbia
  • Group E: United States, Turkey, Czech Republic, Japan
  • Group F: Greece, New Zealand, Brazil, Montenegro
  • Group G: Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Jordan
  • Group H: Canada, Senegal, Lithuania, Australia

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How to live stream the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in Australia

Fox Sports Australia will be showing all the basketball action from China down under. The Fox Sports package doesn’t come cheap, BUT there is a two week FREE trial if you want to give it a try before you buy.

Australians can also live stream 2019 FIBA World Cup action via the Kayo Sports streaming service, which features no lock-in contracts and also includes access to over 50 sports, both live and on demand.

Kayo Sports Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously. Alternatively, the service also offers a Kayo Sports Premium Package, which provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.

The Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports apps means you can access this from your chosen device wherever you are (although you’ll need a VPN if you’re taking that abroad).

Source: techradar.com

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