Red-hot France defeat Airbnb Boomers

Red-hot France defeat Airbnb Boomers

The Airbnb Australian Boomers are off to Spain after completing their nine-game tour of Europe, going down to France 73-50 in Strasbourg in the early hours of this morning.

Coming into the clash on a four-game winning streak, the Airbnb Boomers were met with an aggressive French outfit, eager to make up for their narrow loss to the Australians in Nice a week prior.

French NBA stars Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum lead the home team, with Aron Baynes (17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks) continuing his outstanding tour as the lone hand on the offensive end for an Airbnb Boomers team that could not get their shots to fall.

Airbnb Boomers Assistant Coach Luc Longley said he felt the team could have been more aggressive, but praised the defensive performance.

“Our offensive execution in the half court never really got going,” Longley said.

“Their rim protection saw us get a little shy and we started to go away from the basket, settling for fade-aways and short jumpers, which isn’t going to get it done at this level.

“Our transition defence was really good tonight. Normally France like to get out in the open floor and use their speed, but to the player’s credit they worked really hard to shut that down.

“As much as we struggled through parts of the game, to only give up 73 points against a quality French team was testament to the quality defence we play and have been playing throughout this tour.”

It was a bright opening for France as a mixture of missed shots and turnovers gave the home team the ascendency, before a late Brad Newley-inspired rally had the visitors down just six points at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw Baynes begin to exert his influence as the Airbnb Boomers cut the lead to just two points midway through the quarter, only to see it push out eight points by half time.

After the main break, France continued to hold off any Australian resistance and eventually opened the floodgates in the final quarter, outscoring their opponents 23-10 to ensure a comfortable victory.

The Airbnb Boomers have completed their nine-game European preparation and now head to the Canary Islands, where they will be based for the group stage of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Airbnb Australian Boomers 50-73 France
1Q: 15-21
2Q: 28-36
3Q: 40-50
4Q: 50-73

Boxscore

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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.

CLICK HERE to see the full schedule for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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.

CLICK HERE to read more about the ABC coverage of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held in Spain from 30 August to 15 September.

*(Live AEST)

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)

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Andrej Lemanis
Assistant Coaches: Luc Longley and Trevor Gleeson
Mentor Coach: Dr Adrian Hurley
Technical Assistant Coach: Mick Downer

For all the latest on the Boomers ahead of their journey to Spain be sure to visit the BA website at www.basketball.net.au.