Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Jock lands a scoring blitz
The talls came up big for the Boomers as Australia won their second pool game of the Tokyo Olympics defeating Italy on Wednesday night — and ‘‘dominant’’ Jock Landale led the charge.
Scores were tied at quarter time, Italy led by one point at the half before the Boomers took a three-point buffer into the final break — going on to win by that margin, 86-83.
The 25-year-old Landale, in his first Games, was dominant topping Australia’s scoresheet with 18 points and seven rebounds, much to the delight of his local relatives.
Veteran Aron Baynes was influential, teaming 14 points with seven boards and kept the scoreboard ticking over all night. Forward Nick Kay (15 points) was brilliant and efficient with captain Patty Mills (16) and Joe Ingles (14) clutch when the game was on the line. The Boomers led by eight points with minutes remaining before a four-point play had the World No.10 with their tails up.
Back-to-back triples from Mills and Baynes launched the Boomers, with Landale getting some early looks and a dunk. Italy had an early five-point edge but when Baynes sunk a triple and Kay chimed in, Australia’s five unanswered points levelled the scores.
Landale, who scored four points in game one, doubled that output in the opening half.
The Boomers’ offence was spluttering before Ingles dropped a triple — his first score in the game — and broke the drought. Matthew Dellavedova and Kay helped mount a good fightback to get the contest back on level terms before Danilo Gallinari gave his country the slightest of leads ahead of the main break.
Italy extended their lead to six but the experience of a crafty Ingles and Baynes tied it up before Landale put the Aussies in front for the first time since the opening term. The Boomers went on a 12-2 run halfway through the quarter with Landale on the receiving end of Mills’ great work.
A Mills triple fittingly handed Australia their biggest lead of the game. Italy immediately responded with a three-point play, before a late Kay lay-up gave Australia a 65-62 advantage at three-quarter time.
Australia 86 (Landale 18, Mills 16, Kay 15, Baynes 14, Ingles 14) defeated Italy 83 (Fontecchio 22, Mannion 21, Polonara 12).
~ Match details: Basketball Australia.