The Australian Boomers showed strength deep within their squad as they ended Nigeria’s winning streak with a compelling 39-point defeat, clinching their third win in the four Las Vegas Fairs series, 108-69.
Chris Golding became the main eventer, delivering an amazing three-point show, hitting seven in a row, and contributing to his 21-point game. Duop Reath was impressive in moving the ball up the field, increasing his pressure forward as he added 17 points on his own.
While Patti Mills, Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova and Aaron Pines were all resting, Goulding walked out with Jock Landall (14 points, five-pound, Kartan) and Nathan Sobei (15 points, four-pound, five-cylinder). up front and effectively assumes those leadership roles.
The Boomers’ young squad, awarded and included by Josh Giddey on the field, was immediately impressive both on the field and on the scoreboard, playing 14 points, 3 assists and four rebounds. After a quiet start, Josh Green also managed to make an impact, highlighted by a superior defensive interception effort, resulting in a fast turn target.
The Boomers may hold their undefeated title in the Las Vegas Series, but coach Brian Goorjian’s focus is only keeping young talents with experienced names and building culture in the Australian basketball camp.
“Tonight was a step forward, but our respect for Nigeria and everyone in our group, it has not waned at all. It is not about the results, not about winning, it is about the culture and playing for your country.”
“The future is bright, the culture is strong, and exciting is on the way.”
The Boomers face the revitalized Team USA – who defeated Argentina today – on Saturday morning (AEST).
Australia: 26 49 84108
Nigeria: 13 29 46 69