Creek helps write basketball history
Horsham’s Mitch Creek helped write a special chapter in Australia’s basketball history at the weekend when he was part of the country’s first ever win against the United States.
Creek and the national team, nicknamed the Boomers, played two exhibition games in Melbourne against the US in the lead-up to the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Australia was defeated soundly in the first game on Thursday night but bounced back two days later to win 98-94 in front of more than 52,000 spectators at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium.
It was the first time in 31 encounters the Boomers had beaten the US, and snapped a 13-year, 78-game win streak in international games by the visitors.
Creek played about 10 minutes in each of the games, scoring three points with one rebound and one assist in Thursday’s loss and adding two points and two rebounds on Saturday.
The result highlighted Australia’s credentials as a serious medal threat at the world cup in China, which starts on Saturday.