Boomers out

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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.”

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