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- France 74 Serbia 73
- Brazil 79 Iran 50
- Spain Egypt
- Croatia 90 Argentina 85
- Senegal 82 Puerto Rico 75
- Greece 82 Philippines 70
- Dominican Republic 76 New Zealand 63
- Finland 81 Ukraine 76
- USA 98 Turkey 77
- Australia 89 Korea 55
- Slovenia 89 Mexico 68
- Lithuania 75 Angola 62
1) The Boomers bounce back from their loss to Slovenia to dominate Korea 89-55.
In a game that Australia was always expected to win, the team started with a 10-0 run & never really looked back.
Australia shot 57% from 3 point land with Ryan Broekhoff shooting 3/5 from outside & Joe Ingles 3/3 on his way to a game-high 17 points.
The game could be seen as a much needed confidence game for some key Boomers players with Ingles finally displaying the attacking edge that he needs to show if Australia are to go deep in this Tournament. He looked dangerous both at attacking the rim & stepping back to hit the outside shot. Furthermore, Matthew Dellavedova lead the team well finishing with 8 assists & 7 points.
Furthermore, recent NBA Draft picks Cameron Bairstow & Dante Exum showed glimpses of what we can expect from them throughout their NBA careers. Baristow’s an important piece for the Boomers with Lithuania looming, he finished the game with 14 points & shot 85% from the field… Looking great cleaning up the scraps on the offensive end & working the pick & roll. Whilst Exum got to a slow start, looking like he was having some issues penetrating the Korean defense, he finished the game well throwing down a big dunk & opened up the court to control the offense well in garbage time… A valuable few minutes of confidence for the Utah Jazz #5 Draft Pick.
“I think we did a really good job on the defensive side of the ball in holding Korea to just 55 points,” said Bairstow post-game.
“We knew coming in that the three-point shot was their main focus, so holding them to 20% (5-of-25 3FG) from three-point range was one of the biggest keys to the game.
“Then on the boards we did a good job of limiting their offensive rebounds and really taking advantage of it on our end.”
Towards the end of the game, we were treated to some good minutes from Nathan Jawai… AKA “Outback Shaq”/”Jawaiberwocky”. Jawai looked good on offense. His facilitation from the low post was great. However, his rim protection looked suspect, even against the smaller Koreans. Whilst he’s fun to watch… I don’t expect we’ll see him playing meaningful minutes against some of the elite teams.
Oh, but he tried to tear down the entire building.
2) USA survive an early scare to smash Turkey 98-77.
Although they managed to finish up 21 point victors… It wasn’t always looking that way. The USA were down 40-35 at half-time & looked to be struggling to find their offensive flow in the Turkish zone. Klay Thompson struggles from outside, shooting 2/7 from the floor. Whilst being their first choice point-guard, the offensive rhythm wasn’t great when Kyrie Irving had the ball in hand & the team’s flow looked much better when Derrick Rose was on the floor.
Defensively, the USA weren’t always on-song either. Rudy Gay looked really slow & James Harden in particularly looked to struggle at times… Which… Of course…
For the USA, Faried looked great. Finishing with 22 points (79% from the floor) & 8 rebounds. Playing his natural high-energy game.
3) France beat Serbia 74-73 in a thriller
Bogdan Bogdanovic started off as the hero of the game for Serbia… Looking leathal on offense during the early stages of the game, allowing Serbia to take a nice lead. However, with the game tied at 73-73, Bogdanovic lost the ball on a drive to the lane in the final seconds to cause a turnover which eventually lead to the French getting on the foul-line & finishing the game.
Serbia’s Miroslav Raduljica was as Raduljulous as usual… Scoring well of picks, showcasing his great passing & looked dangerous in catch & shoot situations. For France, it was big-man “King” Joffrey Lauvergne who did most of the damage… finishing with 19 points. Also, point guard Antoine Diot ran the break well, finishing with 15 points off the bench.
Here’s some highlights from the game:
4) Nene only played 16mins in Brazil’s big 79-50 win over Iran… But his presence was definitely felt.
He’s clearly one of the most dominant big-men in the tournament… Hamed Haddadi will be having nightmares about him all night. Check out these highlights:
Random notes of the night:
1) Philippines pulled out some 14 year old schoolyard moves in their loss to Greece. L.A Tenorio gave Kostas a little hit in his Papanikolaou’s…
2) Also from the Philippines… The #SummerOfBlatche has continued. Andray Blatche doesn’t need those things known as ‘team-mates’… Check out this assist of the backboard to himself.
You do you, Andray.
3) Tonight saw Australia’s World Cup broadcaster unveil their newest panel member, Downtownball.net‘s Tommy Greer. Tommy was good in his first ever live TV appearance (that didn’t include him actually playing basketball).
However, it seems like Greer won the viewers over for his fresh haricut along with his strong suit & tie game… The likes our national publicly funded broadcaster has never seen before.
Do you have ‘Justin Timberlake – Suit+Tie’ stuck in your head? Because I do.