It was a gut-wrenching end to the FIBA Basketball World Cup for Horsham’s Mitch Creek after Australia failed to win its first medal at a major tournament.
Creek and the Boomers advanced undefeated through the group stages and quarter final only to fall to Olympic nemesis Spain in a double-overtime semi-final on Friday night.
The team regrouped for a bronze-medal game against France – a team it had previously beaten during the tournament – but the aftereffects of its clash with Spain were evident as an exhausted Australia surrendered a 15-point lead in the second half to lose by eight. Creek did not score in the game but had a huge chase down block to prevent a French layup.
He finished the tournament with averages of 2.8 points and 2.6 rebounds off the bench.
After the loss Creek said while the team was shattered not to win its first medal, it had left no stone unturned.
“We gave it absolutely everything we had,” he said.
“To drop the last two of the tournament is never what you want, but we come out of this with a demonstration of what Australians are about; we fought to the very end and we fought with pride and passion.”