Boomers stun Germans

Boomers stun Germans

Australia produced a sensational display of international basketball to beat Germany 78-43 and put them within reach of the knockout stage of the world championship in Turkey.

Showing no signs of a let-down after Sunday's tough two-point defeat by  world No.1 Argentina, the Australians stunned their European opponents from the opening whistle to move to 2-1 for the tournament with two group games remaining.

One victory against either Serbia or Angola will be enough for Australia to progress from an extremely competitive Group A, while two wins will ensure they avoid fourth place and a likely crossover match against the United States.

Patty Mills was outstanding, leading the way with 16 points and seven assists, backed up by Joe Ingles and Aleks Maric, but it was a complete team effort that will have other sides in the tournament taking note.

Robin Benzing led Germany with 11 points, but they lost every quarter and were comprehensively outplayed.

The Germans needed a wildcard to make it to Turkey and came without their two best players, NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki and Los Angeles Clippers centre Chris Kaman.

But the world's seventh-ranked team had emerged as the surprise packet of Group A, just falling to Argentina before a double-overtime victory against Serbia on Sunday.

So Australia's performance was unexpected and demonstrates just how much potential the youthful Boomers possess.

The Germans used a tall starting line-up, including seven-footers Tibor Pleiss and Jan-Hendrik Jagla plus the 208cm Robin Benzing, but it fed into Australia's hands as the quicker Boomers got off to a blistering start.

Clicking beautifully on both ends of the floor, they bolted to a 12-2 lead in the first seven minutes and by quarter time held a 19-7 advantage.

The shell-shocked Germans scored five quick points early in the second term to get the margin back under double figures, but Australia immediately responded with a 15-2 scoring run to take a commanding 36-14 lead.

Brad Newley, who had an excellent first half, put an exclamation mark on a scintillating opening two quarters when he blocked a shot attempt by the 214cm German giant Pleiss.

The Boomers led 38-20 at halftime, holding Germany to just 27 per cent shooting (8-of-30).

There was no sign of complacency in the second half either, with the ruthless Australians reeling off seven straight points to start the third quarter.

Australia doubled Germany's score 50-25 on an Ingles three-pointer and from there it was a procession in a major boost to the Boomers' confidence.

All Boomers’ games are being shown on FOX SPORTS.

James Dampney - AAP

Australia 78 (Patrick Mills led 16, Aleks Maric 15, Brad Newley 10)
Germany 43
(Robin Benzing 11, Tim Ohlbrecht 10)


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2010 FIBA World Championship
Australian Boomers Preliminary Round Schedule
Date - Opponent - Time (Local/AEST) - Venue 
28 Aug                  Australia 76 defeated Jordan 75
29 Aug                  Australia 72 defeated by Argentina 74
30 Aug                  Australia 78 defeated Germany 43
1 Sept                   Australia vs. Serbia        4:30PM/11:30PM             Kayseri
2 Sept                   Australia vs. Angola       4:30PM/11:30AM             Kayseri