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WNBL Semi-Final Game One Reviews

Saturday February 25, 2017 by  

The minor premiers have made a statement in Game One against the defending champs while Perth will take some confidence heading into a must-win game on Friday night despite their loss to Dandenong.

Dandenong Rangers (73) def. Perth Lynx (66)

The Rangers looked to be cruising to a 1-0 lead over Perth as they headed into the final term, having led by as much as 25 points thanks to the hot shooting of Steph Cumming (25 points on 10-14). Read more

Opals win bronze at FIBA World Championship

Monday October 6, 2014 by  

The Australian Opals have won the Bronze Medal at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, dominating the host nation Turkey 74-44 in Istanbul, Turkey this morning.

In one of the most comprehensive performances of the tournament, the Opals raced to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, silencing the raucous home support and setting the platform for what would be a one-sided affair.

Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce said this was his proudest moment in basketball. Read more

Boomers go down to Turkey in nail-biter

Monday September 8, 2014 by  

Two three-pointers in the final minute has guided Turkey to a 65-64 win over the Australian Boomers in the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Barcelona this morning.

The heart-breaking one-point defeat brings an end to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup for the Boomers.

It was advantage Australia inside the final minute, holding a 64-59 lead only to see Turkey hit two huge three-pointers – including a deep triple from Emir Preldzic with five seconds left in the game. Read more

Boomers to face Turkey in KO Round

Friday September 5, 2014 by  

The 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 in the early hours of Monday morning. Read more

Boomers grind out win over Mexico

Thursday September 4, 2014 by  

The 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. Read more

Brilliant Boomers claim defining win

Wednesday September 3, 2014 by  

It was a performance for the ages as the Australian Boomers produced an inspired four-quarter effort to defeat Lithuania 82-75 at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Gran Canaria, Spain in the early hours of this morning.

In a memorable performance by the Australians, a 19-point half time lead was reduced to three points late in the third quarter, but never surrendered as the Boomers came up big in the final stretch to defeat the 2013 Eurobasket finalists.

The Boomers were electric from the tip, dropping 30 first-quarter points on their way to big 47-28 lead at the main break before Lithuania doubled their total in the third quarter to cut the margin to just six points. Read more

Dominant Boomers crush Korea

Monday September 1, 2014 by  

The 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. Read more

Fast-finishing Boomers beaten by Slovenia

Sunday August 31, 2014 by  

A late surge from the Australian Boomers wasn’t enough to overcome Slovenia, going down 90-80 in their opening game of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Gran Canaria, Spain overnight.

Trailing by as many as 16 points in the final quarter, Brad Newley led the Boomers back to within five points inside the closing seconds, scoring eight of his 13 points in the during a 15-4 run.

Slovenia would close the game out from the free throw line to claim a 10-point win, ending hopes of a remarkable come-from-behind win from the Australians. Read more

Gallant Boomers split China series

Sunday June 8, 2014 by  

The Australian Boomers have split the 2014 Sino-Australia Challenge with China 2-2.

China won the fourth and final game of the series 95-90 in Liyang Tianmuhu Arena, China on Sunday night as the Boomers continuously fell foul of the local referees and also struggled to find consistent passages of play.

The two nations managed to win both their home matches during the four games series. Read more

Dominant Boomers crush China

Saturday May 31, 2014 by  

A vintage performance from Western Australia’s own Mark Worthington inspired the Australian Boomers to an 85–64 win over China at Challenge Stadium tonight to go 2-0 up in the Sino-Australia Challenge.

The two-time Olympian was at his inspirational best, filling the stats sheet with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with three rounds and four assists, backing up his impressive performance in the series opener.

Worthington had the Boomers firing on all cylinders early, establishing a 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, which was never headed and expanded beyond 20 points in final quarter. Read more