Boomers ease into quar­ters af­ter win

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - GREG DAVIS

AUS­TRALIA has cruised into the quar­ter- fi­nals of the FIBA Asia Cup but the Boomers will be with­out four- time Olympian David An­der­son for the rest of the tour­na­ment.

The un­de­feated Boomers com­pleted a clean sweep of their group matches with a com­pre­hen­sive 90- 50 vic­tory over Chi­nese Taipei in Le­banon yes­ter­day to earn di­rect en­try into the quar­ter- fi­nals where they could face China.

But An­der­son will be back in Mel­bourne by the time Aus­tralia next take the court with the power for­ward suc­cumb­ing to a shoul­der in­jury.

The Boomers’ most ex­pe­ri­enced player hurt his shoul­der in a warm- up game against Syria a week ago and un­der­went an MRI.

Af­ter as­sess­ing the scan re­sults, the Boomers’ med­i­cal team de­cided it was in An­der­son’s best in­ter­ests to head home to start re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The Boomers big men did not miss a beat with­out An­der­son and start­ing cen­tre Matt Hodg­son as they dom­i­nated.

The Boomers outscored Chi­nese Taipei 62- 18 in the paint and en­joyed a 44- 22 su­pe­ri­or­ity in the re­bound­ing as Aus­tralia stunk it up from be­yond the arc with just three suc­cess­ful three- point shots from 22 at­tempts.

Suf­fo­cat­ing de­fen­sive pres­sure handed Aus­tralia a 22- 14 lead at quar­ter- time and the Boomers went on a 7- 0 run to start the sec­ond term on the way to a 20- point ad­van­tage at half­time.

Small for­ward Mitch Creek was a per­fect nine from nine from the field for 22 points while for­ward An­gus Brandt fin­ished with 12 points and seven re­bounds for the An­drej Le­ma­nis- coached Boomers.

Aus­tralia’s David An­der­sen.

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