Slovenia have defeated the Australian Boomers 79-70 in today’s first warm-up match between the two teams. The result means that the Boomers have now lost their last 5 games on the trot, stemming back to the controversial game against Angola in the FIBA World Cup.
Speaking of that Angola game, it was a shame Goran Dragic, who called out Australia for tanking that match-up didn’t suit up for Slovenia…
…so it was his brother, Zoran Dragic who drank the haterade and lead the way for Slovenia finishing with 22 points and shooting 4/6 from beyond the arc.
For Australia, Brock Motum was rested and Andrew Bogut only played 8 minutes early on as coach Andrej Lemanis continued to tinker with the rotation in preparation for the upcoming FIBA Oceania Series vs New Zealand.
The Boomers struggled to hit their shots from three, shooting 5/23 with the only big highlight from downtown being a Matthew Dellavedova pull-up three early on in the 4th to cut Slovenia’s lead to 14:
Dante Exum had a quiet night, going 1/5 from the field to finish with 2 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. However, his only field goal of the game was a nice reverse layup off the Chris Goulding assist in the 4th Quarter:
Slovenia lead 26-23 after the end of the first period and the Boomers looked like they were in the contest… However, it was a 7-0 run towards the end of the half off the back of some poor executions by the Australians that blew the game out for Slovenia and Australia never really looked like they were in the contest until Ryan Broekhoff started to get the offense going towards the end of the game, cutting the lead down to as much as 5 points with some nice finishing at the rim including this tip-in of a Cameron Bairstow miss:
Broekhoff finished the game going 8/8 in the paint and had the line of 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals.
The Boomers and Slovenia will match-up again tomorrow night with the game live on Sportklub SK1 in Slovenia at 8:30pm local time and the replay on Fox Sports 3 in Australia at 8:30pm Wednesday Night.
Here’s the box score for the game: