‘B team’ Boomers claim big scalp ahead of Tokyo Games


Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding had an ideal evening, and Australia had one other spectacular pre-Olympic displaying immediately.

Goulding scored 21 factors — making all seven of his shot makes an attempt, all from three-point vary — and Australia rolled previous Nigeria 108-69 in an exhibition immediately in a matchup of the 2 groups which have already crushed the USA in Las Vegas.

Australia (3-0 in Las Vegas) had six gamers in double figures and did so on an evening when the Boomers gave 4 of their greatest gamers — Joe Ingles, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Aron Baynes — the sport off to relaxation. All 4 are loaded with NBA expertise.

“It is not proper now about successful video games; that is down the highway,” Boomers coach Brian Goorjian Goorjian mentioned after the sport. “It is about studying and getting higher.

“And for the reason that second half of the USA sport, I simply assume the workforce’s beginning to perceive what we have to do and the way we have to play to win.”

Duop Reath scored 17 factors, Nathan Sobey had 15, Jock Lansdale and Josh Giddey every added 14 and Josh Inexperienced completed with 11 for Australia.

The Boomers shot 63 per cent from the sphere, 62 per cent from three-point vary and outscored Nigeria 54-24 from past the arc.

Josh Okogie and Obi Emegano every scored 10 for Nigeria, which fell to 2-1 in its Olympic tune-ups.

Many followers had already dubbed immediately’s Boombers’ squad as Australia’s ‘B workforce’ as a result of variety of stars being rested.

Nigeria’s head coach Mike Brown admitted throughout the sport that his facet, which bolsters eight lively NBA gamers, believed they might roll previous the Boomers with out breaking a sweat.

“For us tonight, we thought we have been going to have the ability to stroll in right here and take it to those guys,” Brown mentioned after one quarter in opposition to the weakened Boomers. “However these guys can play.”

Brown can be no stranger to the basketball world, with almost twenty years of teaching expertise within the NBA. The Nigerian head coach at one stage throughout his profession was the person in command of the LA Lakers throughout the Kobe Bryant period again within the 2011-12 NBA season.

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