After an unbeaten three-game tournament in Nice, the team enjoyed three days away to recharge and regroup before descending on the eastern French city to meet the Finns for a third time of the tour and France, rounding out the preparation.
It was a fruitful stay in the southern French city, with the team producing two clinical displays to fend off the Ukraine and Philippines before putting in arguably their best shift of the tour, defeating reigning Eurobasket champions, France.
The 3-0 record in Nice was largely in part to the emergence of Ryan Broekhoff as a serious three-point threat and the elevation of Aron Baynes to star level offensive production.
After spending most of his time on the bench through the first four games of the tour, Broekhoff got his chance in the fourth quarter against Ukraine – and took it in spectacular fashion.
The 24-year-old scored a remarkable 15 points in the final quarter on 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc to help the Airbnb Boomers record a 74-65 victory, before posting another 14 points in the 97-75 win over The Philippines.
This earned Broekhoff his first start for the Airbnb Boomers in the thrilling 76-74 win over France, with the sharp-shooter beginning to find this role in the team.
For Baynes the evolution has been born through necessity, with the loss of Patty Mills leaving a significant hole in scoring for the team, with the North Queenslander doing his part to fill the role.
The three-game stretch in Nice saw Baynes average more than 16 points and 8 rebounds per game, highlighted by a game-winning 21 points and 9 rebounds in the win over France – including 10 points and 5 rebounds in the final quarter.
This production, adding to his energy on the defensive end – has Australian fans salivating at the prospect of watching Baynes graduate to one of the premier big men in the international game.
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The Airbnb Boomers open their 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Gran Canaria against Slovenia in the early hours of Sunday morning 31 August AEST.
Based in the Canary Island city of Gran Canaria, the Boomers will also face Angola, Korea, Lithuania and Mexico, playing five games in six days prior to the knockout phase.
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Fans won’t miss a minute of the action from Spain with all Australian Boomers games to be broadcast LIVE* and in full on ABC2 as part of their extensive 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup coverage.
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The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held in Spain from 30 August to 15 September.
Airbnb Australian Boomers Team – 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
David Andersen – Strasbourg (France)
Cameron Bairstow – Chicago Bulls (NBA)
Aron Baynes – San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
Ryan Broekhoff – Besiktas (Turkey)
Matthew Dellavedova – Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
Dante Exum – Utah Jazz (NBA)
Adam Gibson – Adelaide 36ers (NBL)
Chris Goulding – CAI Zaragoza (Spain)
Joe Ingles – Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)
Nathan Jawai – Galatasaray (Turkey)
Brock Motum – Bologna (Italy)
Brad Newley – Gran Canaria (Spain)
Head Coach: Andrej Lemanis
Assistant Coaches: Luc Longley and Trevor Gleeson
Mentor Coach: Dr Adrian Hurley
Technical Assistant Coach: Mick Downer
Airbnb Australian Boomers pre-FIBA Basketball World Cup Tour
Airbnb Australian Boomers v Finland
Saturday 23 August @ Strasbourg, France 4:30am (All times AEST)