Creek stars

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Hor­sham bas­ket­ball star Mitch Creek has helped the Aus­tralian na­tional team ad­vance to the quar­ter fi­nals of the FIBA World Cup un­de­feated.

Creek has ap­peared in ev­ery game for the Boomers so far and has seen in­creased play­ing time as the tour­na­ment has gone on.

His best game of the tour­na­ment came in a cru­cial win against France on Mon­day night.

Aus­tralia had al­ready qual­i­fied for the quar­ter fi­nals but needed a win to avoid an early match-up with bas­ket­ball pow­er­house United States.

Creek notched eight points in a two-point win, in­clud­ing a cru­cial and-one bas­ket to put Aus­tralia up by five with just over five min­utes re­main­ing.

Then, with the game on the line and Aus­tralia lead­ing by a sin­gle point in the fi­nal four sec­onds, Creek was fouled on a full-court three-point at­tempt af­ter a Patty Mills steal.

Creek hit the first free throw and missed the sec­ond, then in­ten­tion­ally missed the third to let time ex­pire.

The 100-98 win means Aus­tralia will avoid the US in the quar­ter fi­nals and will in­stead play the Czech Re­pub­lic at 9pm lo­cal time.

A win would put the Boomers into the semi-fi­nals and en­sure the team can do no worse than a bronze-medal play­off game.

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