Airbnb Boomers leave it late to defeat Finland

Airbnb Boomers leave it late to defeat Finland

The Airbnb Australian Boomers have begun their pre-2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup tour with a hard-fought 100-95 win over Finland in Klaipeda, Lithuania overnight.

It took some late heroics from 2012 London Olympic Games star Joe Ingles to ensure the Airbnb Boomers would make a winning start to the European preparation, nailing a monster three-pointer inside the final minute to ensure victory.

Airbnb Boomers Assistant Coach Luc Longley said the rust after a long journey was evident, but was pleased with the way the players stuck to their task and grinded out a win.

“As expected after a long travel schedule and only one day here in Lithuania, we were very rusty,” Longley said.

“The thing they did best was just hang in there – they stuck to their plays, stuck to what they were doing and fought, because the way the Finns were shooting and the way that we were playing it was going to be a tough one.”

CLICK HERE to watch Longley’s recap of the win over Finland.

Just a day after a 48-hour journey from Australia to Eastern Europe, the Airbnb Boomers struggled to match the Finnish physicality early and trailed by 13 points midway through the second quarter.

Staring down the barrel of a significant halftime deficit, the Airbnb Boomers began to adjust and quickly whittled the Finnish lead to just three points at the main break, trailing 47-44 in a high-scoring first half affair.

This trend continued, but it was Finland who would light up the score sheet, dropping 35 points for the quarter to establish an 82-72 lead, with the Airbnb Boomers needing final quarter heroics to salvage the tough situation.

With their backs against the wall, the Airbnb Boomers quickly ate away at the Finnish advantage, taking the lead for the first time since the opening quarter in the closing minutes.

The Ingles three-pointer with 28 seconds remaining sealed the come-from-behind win, capping off a gritty performance from the team and a team-high 20 points for the 26-year-old.

The rise of Brock Motum’s star continues, with the Queenslander and star of the Sino-Australia Challenge against China, posting 17 points, while veteran Brad Newley was instrumental with 15 points.

Young Airbnb Boomers star Dante Exum suffered a minor ankle sprain, but the injury isn’t expected to impact his availability for the tour. He will be monitored to determine his availability for the game against Ukraine tonight AEST.

The Airbnb Boomers face Ukraine TONIGHT at 11:15pm from Klaipeda, Lithuania 11:15pm, with fans able to watch the action LIVE on SportoTV.

CLICK HERE to see gallery of Airbnb Boomers v Finland.

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

Airbnb Australian Boomers pre-FIBA Basketball World Cup Tour

Lithuania Tournament

Airbnb Australian Boomers v Ukraine
Saturday 9 August @ Klaipeda, Lithuania 11:15pm (All times AEST)
Online: LIVE on SportoTV
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Airbnb Australian Boomers v Lithuania
Tuesday 12 August @ Klaipeda, Lithuania 2:00am
Online: LIVE on SportoTV

Finland Invitational

Airbnb Australian Boomers v Finland
Wednesday 13 August @ Helsinki, Finland 2:00am

Nice Tournament

Airbnb Australian Boomers v Ukraine
Saturday 16 August @ Nice, France 2:00am
TV: LIVE on ESPN

Airbnb Australian Boomers v Philippines
Sunday 17 August @ Nice, France 2:00am
TV: LIVE on ESPN

Airbnb Australian Boomers v France
Monday 18 August @ Nice, France 4:30am
TV: LIVE on ESPN

Strasbourg Tournament

Airbnb Australian Boomers v Finland
Saturday 23 August @ Strasbourg, France 4:30am

Airbnb Australian Boomers v France
Monday 25 August @ Strasbourg, France 3:00am
TV: LIVE on ESPN

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.

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