Airbnb Boomers grind out win over Mexico

Airbnb Boomers grind out win over Mexico

The Airbnb Australian Boomers have made it three wins on the bounce, fighting off a determined Mexico to record a 70-62 victory in their penultimate Group D game at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup overnight in Gran Canaria.

It was a game in stark contrast to the previous night’s free-flowing win against Lithuania, but the Boomers avoided any potential let down with a professional display.

After a first half arm wrestle, the Boomers found their igniter, with Ryan Broekhoff shaking off a cold first half (0-of-5 FG) to drop 12 points in the third quarter on 4-of-4 from beyond the arc - growing the lead to what would prove an unassailable 14 points.

Airbnb Australian Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said he was pleased with the way his players found a way to win after the emotionally taxing win over Lithuania less than 24 hours prior.

“It was always going to be really tough for us on the back of last night’s energy-draining game for us.

“Last night was a tough game emotionally for us – we put a lot of effort into that and then we had the short turnaround for what was a big game.

“I was really pleased with the way we played and how the guys were able grind out a win.”

Boomers star centre Aron Baynes was again instrumental early, scoring 10 of the team’s opening 12 points inside five minutes of the tip-off.

Enjoying a standout tournament, Baynes was at the heart of everything good for the Boomers, posting a game-high 21 points to go with five rebounds and three blocks in another commanding performance from the San Antonio Spurs big man.

Baynes is leading the Boomers in points and rebounds, averaging 17.3 points and seven rebounds per game through the first four fixtures.

It was a typically energetic performance from swingman Brad Newley, posting 10 first-half points, with veteran David Andersen providing a strong all-round presence (six points, seven rebounds and two steals).

As they had against Lithuania and Korea in their two previous games – the Boomers came out firing, with Baynes and Newley propelling the team to a 16-8 advantage before the Mexicans rallied to trail by just three points at quarter time.

The momentum had swung in the Mexicans direction as they went on a 12-3 run after the restart to establish a 31-25 lead. A Baynes dunk from a great Brock Motum feed stemmed the bleeding as the Boomers went on an 8-1 run to close out the half.

Newley ensured the Australians would go into the main break with the lead, converting a fast break lay-up as time expired to give the team a 33-32 advantage.

Not interested in being stuck in a dog fight, the Boomers came out all guns blazing to start the second half – led by Broekhoff and Andersen, with the duo scoring the team’s first 10 points as the lead quickly growing to double figures.

Broekhoff would finish the quarter with 12 points as the Australians found their offensive groove, outscoring Mexico 26-13.

Hopes of the fourth quarter being a formality were quickly distinguished, with the Mexicans cutting the lead from 14 points to six inside three minutes.

Struggling to find buckets, the Boomers looked to their defensive pressure to shut down the Mexican scoring – with the game going without a point for more than three minutes.

The Boomers would close the strongest as Baynes would ice the game from the free throw line and improve the team’s record to 3-1 with one group stage fixture remaining.

Next up for the Boomers at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup is the final Group D clash against Angola TONIGHT with the game televised LIVE on ABC2 at 9:26pm AEST.

Boxscore and Group Standings

Airbnb Australian Boomers 70-62 Mexico
1Q: 22-19
2Q: 33-32
3Q: 59-45
4Q: 70-62

For the latest 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup broadcast information please check your local ABC and ABC2 guides.

Airbnb Australian Boomers FIBA Basketball World Cup Fixture

Airbnb Boomers 80-90 Slovenia

Airbnb Boomers 89-55 Korea

Airbnb Boomers 82-75 Lithuania

Airbnb Boomers 70-62 Mexico

Airbnb Boomers v Angola
Thursday 4 September @ Gran Canaria Arena 9:30pm
TV: LIVE on ABC2 at 9:26pm (Vic, NSW, Qld, Tas, ACT); 8:56pm (SA, NT); 7:26pm (WA)
Live Stats

*(All times subject to change)

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 from the Airbnb Boomers 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup campaign be sure to visit the BA website at www.basketball.net.au.