The semi-final match ups for the 7th INAS World Championships saw Portugal play Greece and Australia play France. The winners would face off in the Gold medal game, leaving the others to lick their wounds and battle out for the Bronze medal.
Portugal started the day simply outclassing the Greece outfit, scoring at will from inside and out to run away comfortable winners and secure the first spot in the Gold medal game.
France ran away with an early lead with Mboup dominating and posting 16 points in the first quarter. It was very hard for the Australian Boomerangs to recover such a deficit yet they didn’t give in. The full court defensive pressure that had served them well throughout earlier rounds of the championship was being broken and resulting in easy baskets.
The quarter time break allowed the Australians to regain their composure and execute in a manner that they were more familiar with. Early defensive stops shifted momentum towards the Australians and made the crowd take note. With audible Australian support, the Boomerangs rallied to cut the deficit to 6 points however France regained their composure to run out inevitable winners.
Coach Simon Robinson noted that big game finals experience may have been the difference with many of the French stars revelling under the pressure. His team will take that finals experience into their Bronze medal playoff with Greece and hope not to be overwhelmed by the occasion.
The Gold medal game will see an undefeated Portugal team play France.