Boomers crush Korea to open account at World Cup

Boomers crush Korea to open account at World Cup

The Airbnb Australian Boomers have recorded their first win of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, crushing Korea 89-55 in Gran Canaria, Spain overnight.

Coming off a tough loss to Slovenia in their opening fixture of the tournament, the Boomers bounced back in commanding fashion, starting the game on a 10-0 run that would propel them to a comfortable 34-point victory.

Joe Ingles was the inspiration for the Australians, posting a game-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and a flawless 3-of-3 from beyond the arc in just 18 minutes.

Aron Baynes recovered from calf cramps suffered late in the game against Slovenia to again provide the Boomers with a powerful presence down low, dropping a double-double on 13 points and 10 rebounds.

It was a return to form for star guard Matthew Dellavedova as the playmaker was at his creative best, finishing with a game-high eight assists to go with seven points and four rebounds.

Australian Boomers forward Cameron Bairstow (right) highlighted the improved defensive efforts in contesting shots and rebounding as major factors in the convincing win.Bairstow370300

“I think we did a really good job on the defensive side of the ball in holding Korea to just 55 points,” Bairstow said.

“We knew coming in that the three-point shot was their main focus, so holding them to 20% (5-of-25 3FG) from three-point range was one of the biggest keys to the game.

“Then on the boards we did a good job of limiting their offensive rebounds and really taking advantage of it on our end.”

After being beaten on the offensive glass against Slovenia, the Boomers responded with a ferocious energy, creating 21 second chance shot opportunities – led by the work of big men Baynes (six offensive rebounds) and David Andersen (four) as the team won the rebounding count 47-18.

The Australians made the most the extra shots, converting at an impressive 51% from the field and a red-hot 57% from three-point territory, with Ingles and Ryan Broekhoff combining to go 6-of-8 from beyond the arc.

It was a high energy start from the Boomers, racing to a 10-0 lead on the back of back-to-back Broekhoff triples.

The three-point threat of the Koreans was on display early, cutting the lead just one point before a late Ingles-inspired rally had the Boomers holding a 26-17 advantage.

Offensive dried up for both teams to start the second quarter, with Australia missing their first eight attempts from the field before an Ingles transition dunk inspired a 12-0 run that had the lead beyond 20 points.

Korea rallied late in the shadow of half time, but still had a mountain to climb, trailing 44-29.

The second half tipped off mirroring the opening minutes as the Boomers went on a 15-4 run with Baynes, Ingles and Bairstow rewarding the relentless defensive pressure on the scoreboard.

Australian Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis looked to his bench to see out the contest, giving Chris Goulding and Nate Jawai (four points and two assists) their first taste of action in Spain.

The 25-point three-quarter time lead was cut to 19 points early in the last, with Lemanis injecting Exum into the fold, posting three assists to guide the Boomers on a 19-4 run to close out the game, with Bairstow (13 points on 6-of-7 FG) and Brock Motum (eight points) finishing strong.

Next up for the Boomers at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup is a crucial clash with Lithuania in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the game televised LIVE on ABC2 at 1:30am AEST.

Boxscore and Group Standings

Airbnb Australian Boomers 89-55 Korea
1Q: 26-17
2Q: 44-29
3Q: 66-41
4Q: 89-55

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 v Lithuania
Wednesday 3 September @ Gran Canaria Arena 1:30am (All Times AEST)
TV: LIVE on ABC2 at 1:26am (Vic, NSW, Qld, Tas, ACT); 12:56am (SA, NT); 11:26pm (WA)
Live Stats

Airbnb Boomers v Mexico
Wednesday 3 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

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.

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