Airbnb Boomers to meet Turkey in Round of 16

Airbnb Boomers to meet Turkey in Round of 16

The Airbnb Australian Boomers are Barcelona bound after finishing third in Group D to setup a crossover with Turkey in the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

A final quarter onslaught from Angola has inspired the African nation to a 91-83 win over the Boomers in their final group stage game in Gran Canaria overnight.

The loss resulted in the Boomers finished third in Group D with a 3-2 record, setting up a knockout fixture with second-placed team from Group C, Turkey on Monday 8 September at 4:00am AEST.

Should the Boomers advance a Quarter Final against the winner of Lithuania and New Zealand awaits.

Coming close to upsetting Slovenia in their previous game, Angola produced a brilliant second half performance, inspired by centre Yanick Moreira posting a remarkable 38 points at 71% shooting to go with 15 rebounds – including an eye-popping 22 points in the third quarter.

Airbnb Australian Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said while the shooting continues to impress, the defensive performance was lacking in the second half.

“That game proves that everyone at the World Cup is a good basketball team… and Angola is a good team with lots of international experience,” Lemanis said.

“We shoot the ball pretty well (51% FG and 56% 3FG), our offense wasn’t too bad, but in defensive transition we were found lacking tonight.

“Certainly we got outrebounded and we had 18 turnovers, and that’s frustrating for how we want to play as a group.

“Obviously we rested some players tonight, knowing that we were going to go to Barcelona (for the knockout rounds), but still that second half performance was disappointing.”

Securing qualification with the win over Mexico the previous evening after a gruelling schedule of four games in five days, Lemanis took the opportunity to give some vital playing time to several of his talented reserves ahead of the knockout phase.

They took this opportunity with both hands as Chris Goulding showed off his offensive arsenal, posting a team-high 22 points (6-of-12 3FG) to go with six rebounds.

After limited minutes through the first four games, emerging star Dante Exum played 31 minutes, displaying his full playmaking skills, finishing with 12 points, a game-high six assists and three rebounds.

Brad Newley and Nathan Jawai were promoted to the starting five after impressing as impact players during the earlier group games, with Jawai showing his value as a passing big man.

The 29-year-old gave out three dimes to go with 10 points (5-of-7 FG) and five rebounds in a tournament-high 30 minutes.

Regular rotation players in Brock Motum (13 points and four rebounds), Cameron Bairstow (11 points and five rebounds) and Adam Gibson (nine points and four assists) excelled in expanded roles.

Carrying the momentum from their narrow loss to Slovenia, Angola jumped the Boomers and held an early lead before Exum and Goulding began to stamp themselves on the game to establish a 22-17 lead at quarter time.

The second quarter saw Goulding heat up, hitting three triples on his way to 13 points for the first half as the Boomers established a 42-29 advantage going into the main break.

Offensive exploded for both teams after the restart as Motum and Bairstow the Boomers ticking along, but it was the Moreira show.

The 211cm centre would score 22 of Angola’s 34 points for the quarter and have them trailing the Boomers 65-63 with one quarter remaining.

Big three-pointers from Motum and Goulding gave the Australians a comfortable buffer, but the Angolans were soon in front inside the final five minutes.

Everything was falling for the Africans as they closed out the game on a 14-5 run to claim the eight-point victory.

Next up for the Boomers at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup is the Round of 16 clash against Turkey on Monday 8 September at 4:00am AEST with the game televised LIVE on ABC2.

Boxscore and Group Standings

Airbnb Australian Boomers 83-91 Angola
1Q: 22-17
2Q: 42-29
3Q: 65-63
4Q: 83-91

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 Round of 16

Airbnb Boomers v Turkey
Monday 8 Sept @ Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona 4:00am (AEST)
TV: LIVE on ABC2 Nationally (Check your local guides for broadcast start times)

Airbnb Australian Boomers Group D Results

Airbnb Boomers 80-90 Slovenia

Airbnb Boomers 89-55 Korea

Airbnb Boomers 82-75 Lithuania

Airbnb Boomers 70-62 Mexico

Airbnb Boomers 83-91 Angola

*(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.