Boomers pooled with Argentina and Serbia at Worlds

Boomers pooled with Argentina and Serbia at Worlds

Australia's men's basketball team will face Athens Gold Medallists, Argentina, in the pool play at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Australia and Argentina were drawn in Group A along with Serbia, Germany, Angola and Jordan, it was revealed at the Carigan Palace Kempinski Hotel in Istanbul tonight.

The USA was drawn in Group B alongside Slovenia, Brazil, Croatia, Iran and Tunisia.

Australia’s pool matches, in order, will be against Jordan then Argentina, Germany, Serbia and Angola and it must be one of the top four placed teams from that group after five games to advance.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Larry Sengstock was pleased with Australia’s positioning in the draw but warned that there would be no easy-beats at the event.

“You look at the 24 nations and all the groups are evenly tough, but you’d have to say the draw has worked out pretty well for us,” Sengstock said.

“There are a few teams on paper that you’d say we could beat but the top four teams in each group are so strong that no matter which group you’re in you could say it is a tough group.

“Argentina is a deserving top seed and Serbia is always tough, going against Dirk Nowitzki and Germany will be interesting, Jordan is a new challenge and I remember losing to Angola in 1986 at the World Championship so they’re not to be taken lightly.

“It’s nice to have the draw in place so we can now get on with the real preparation that we need to do if we’re going to have any success.”

The 2010 FIBA World Championship for men will take place in Turkey from August 28 to September 12 next year and will be played in Ankara, Kayseri, Istanbul and Izmir.

Australia and Group A will play in Kayseri, the US and Group B in Istanbul, the host nation and Group C in Ankara, with Group D in Izmir.

Kayseri, settled since 3000BC, is an industrial city in Central Anatolia with a population of just under 1 million people.

The four groups of six nations were drawn as follows:

Group A: (To be played in Kayseri)
2 Argentina
1 Serbia
3 Australia
5 Germany
6 Angola
4 Jordan

Group B: (to be played in Istanbul)
4 Slovenia
2 Brazil
1 Croatia
5 Iran
3 Tunisia

Group C: (To be played in Ankara)
6 Greece
2 Turkey
4 Puerto Rico
3 Russia
1 China
5 Ivory Coast

Group D: (To be played in Izmir)
4 Spain
3 France
5 Canada
1 Lithuania
6 New Zealand
2 Lebanon

Nb. Numbers next to nations are not seedings. Nations were drawn against a number to determine scheduling, after the initial draw.

Prior to the draw, Australia was seeded in ‘Line 3’ alongside Brazil, Puerto Rico and Canada, meaning the Boomers, or any other national team, could not avoid all the top seeded nations (USA, Argentina, Spain and Greece) in pool play at the event.

The draw was carried out according to the following seedings:

Line 1 USA, Argentina, Spain, Greece
Line 2 Serbia, Slovenia, France, Turkey
Line 3 Brazil, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia
Line 4 Croatia, Russia, Lithuania, Germany
Line 5 New Zealand, China, Iran, Angola
Line 6 Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Ivory Coast

The draw was designed to ensure that in each group there is a balanced representation from the five continents. In the case of the draw for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, that resulted in having a maximum of three European teams in any one group and a maximum of two Americas teams in any one group.

Australia’s best placing at a World Championship for men is fifth; achieved in 1982 in Colombia and again in 1994 in Canada.

The 2010 FIBA World Championship schedule is as follows:

First Round

Saturday 28th August 2010

A1 Angola vs Serbia Kayseri

A2 Germany vs Argentina Kayseri

A3 Australia vs Jordan Kayseri

B1 USA vs Croatia Istanbul

B2 Iran vs Brazil Istanbul

B3 Tunisia vs Slovenia Istanbul

C1 Greece vs China Ankara

C2 Cote d'Ivoire vs Turkey Ankara

C3 Russia vs Puerto Rico Ankara

D1 New Zealand vs Lithuania Izmir

D2 Canada vs Lebanon Izmir

D3 France vs Spain Izmir

Sunday 29th August 2010

A4 Serbia vs Germany Kayseri

A5 Jordan vs Angola Kayseri

A6 Argentina vs Australia Kayseri

B4 Croatia vs Iran Istanbul

B5 Slovenia vs USA Istanbul

B6 Brazil vs Tunisia Istanbul

C4 China vs Cote d'Ivoire Ankara

C5 Puerto Rico vs Greece Ankara

C6 Turkey vs Russia Ankara

D4 Lithuania vs Canada Izmir

D5 Spain vs New Zealand Izmir

D6 Lebanon vs France Izmir

Monday 30th August 2010

A7 Jordan vs Serbia Kayseri

A8 Australia vs Germany Kayseri

A9 Angola vs Argentina Kayseri

B7 Slovenia vs Croatia Istanbul

B8 Tunisia vs Iran Istanbul

B9 USA vs Brazil Istanbul

Tuesday 31th August 2010

C7 Puerto Rico vs China Ankara

C8 Russia vs Cote d'Ivoire Ankara

C9 Greece vs Turkey Ankara

D7 Spain vs Lithuania Izmir

D8 France vs Canada Izmir

D9 New Zealand vs Lebanon Izmir

Wednesday 1st Sept 2010

A10 Serbia vs Australia Kayseri

A11 Argentina vs Jordan Kayseri

A12 Germany vs Angola Kayseri

B10 Croatia vs Tunisia Istanbul

B11 Brazil vs Slovenia Istanbul

B12 Iran vs USA Istanbul

C10 China vs Russia Ankara

C11 Turkey vs Puerto Rico Ankara

C12 Cote d'Ivoire vs Greece Ankara

D10 Lithuania vs France Izmir

D11 Lebanon vs Spain Izmir

D12 Canada vs New Zealand Izmir

Thursday 2nd September 2010

A13 Argentina vs Serbia Kayseri

A14 Angola vs Australia Kayseri

A15 Jordan vs Germany Kayseri

B13 Brazil vs Croatia Istanbul

B14 USA vs Tunisia Istanbul

B15 Slovenia vs Iran Istanbul

C13 Turkey vs China Ankara

C14 Greece vs Russia Ankara

C15 Puerto Rico vs Cote d'Ivoire Ankara

D13 Lebanon vs Lithuania Izmir

D14 New Zealand vs France Izmir

D15 Spain vs Canada Izmir

Saturday 4th September 2010


61 A1 vs B4 Istanbul

62 D2 vs C3 Istanbul

Sunday 5th September 2010


63 C1 vs D4 Istanbul

64 B2 vs A3 Istanbul

Monday 6th September 2010


65 B1 vs A4 Istanbul

66 C2 vs D3 Istanbul

Tuesday 7th September 2010


67 D1 vs C4 Istanbul

68 A2 vs B3 Istanbul

Wednesday 8th Sept 2010

Quarter Finals

69 Winner 61 vs Winner 62 Istanbul

70 Winner 63 vs Winner 64 Istanbul

Thursday 9th September 2010

Quarter Finals

71 Winner 65 vs Winner 66 Istanbul

72 Winner 67 vs Winner 68 Istanbul

Friday 10th September 2010

Classification (5-8)

73 Loser 69 vs Loser 70 Istanbul

74 Loser 71 vs Loser 72 Istanbul

Saturday 11th September 2010

Classification (7-8)

75 Loser 73 vs Loser 74 Istanbul


76 Winner 69 vs Winner 70 Istanbul

77 Winner 71 vs Winner 72 Istanbul

Sunday 12th September 2010


5th-6th Place (5-6)

78 Winner 73 vs Winner 74 Istanbul

Bronze Medal Game (3-4)

79 Loser 76 vs Loser 77 Istanbul

Gold Medal Game (1-2)

80 Winner 76 vs Winner 77 Istanbul

By Bill Baxter for Basketball Australia