Australia Boomers remain on top after defeating Japan in FIBA Qualifiers

Australian Boomers remains unbeaten in FIBA World Cup qualifiers after defeating Japan Akatsuki 82-58.  Daniel Kickert lead the game with a 22 points.


Around 5,000-6,000 crowd delighted for the win at the Titanium Security Arena, the first ever game in the state in 20 years.

The first quarter is a big struggle for the Boomers were Akatsuki kept pace with just a 22 deficit. But the second quarter started gaining as the first three possessions in the quarter breakaway 28-22 that led 43-31 on the first half.

The lead bubbled to its highest 49-33 of an alley-hoop until Japan brought it down to seven, 55-48. Japanese star player Yuki Togashi kept the pace of the game. The Boomers took a while to settle with consecutive turnovers on offence while Japan continue to shoot outside the perimeter rather than to drive itself against the bigger Boomers.

On the third-quarter, Japanese Akatsuki have tried to manage the slippage 48-55. Austalia's defence was highlighed by big blocks from Hodgson and Goulding and Creek's work on the floor as the Boomers forced a backcourt violation in the last then poured in consecutive buckets to seal victory. 

On looking forward to the game against the Philippines, Lemanis calls the style of Filipino play as "free flowing" and with "much freedom."

The Philippines is a "good athletic group," Lemanis said. "They  move the ball, let them fly, play with good energy and fun around them."

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