The Boomers have plenty of work to do after a second straight defeat to Lithuania, going down 92-85 overnight.
David Andersen led the way for the Boomers, creating great spacing with his floor stretching, three-point shooting, putting up 20 points, with Andrew Bogut chipping in with a near double-double 12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and some nice touch around the rim.
Andrej Lemanis’ men shot the ball well, hitting 50% from the floor and 47% from three on 9/19 shooting, but it was a frustrating night of not being able to get into sets quick enough and the turnovers piling up.
The Boomers gave the ball up 20 times, leading to plenty of transition buckets for Lithuania, something I’m sure will be a focus for their next game against Slovenia. Whilst the Lithuanian’s were pesky on defence, picking up six steals, the majority of the surrendered possessions came from broken plays, mistimed reads and sloppy entrance passes.
The positive being, taking care of the ball is something that can be fixed game to game.
But that’s what this tour is about, building rhythm, establishing combinations and giving guys an opportunity to learn where each other want to be on the floor. Brock Motum was again a solid contributor on offence, pouring in 15 points in 23 minutes, including a couple of threes and his trademark attacking ferocity.
The Boomers now head to Slovenia to continue their preparations for the Homecoming series against New Zealand. Here’s the full box score via: Just Live Basketball
Watch the full replay here (H/T Delfi TV)