21/04/2024

Tyrese Proctor was huge with 14 points, helping the Boomers secure a spot in the quarter finals of the 2022 Asia Cup. (Image: @NBL - Twitter)

Despite another slow start, the Boomers overcame Indonesia to finish the group stage of the FIBA Asia Cup unbeaten and secure a quarter-finals berth.

Despite another slow start, the Boomers overcame Indonesia to finish the group stage of the FIBA Asia Cup unbeaten and secure a quarter-finals berth.

Similar to their clash with Saudi Arabia, the Boomers overcame a slow start to defeat the tournament hosts Indonesia. In a game that had big implications for both sides, both teams struggled early.

Indonesia opened the scoring with consecutive three-point shots, the first one coming off the back of a Marques Bolden block.

Indonesia’s big man duo Marques Bolden and Derrick Xzavierro caused Australia headaches on the rebounding front early, as the pair grabbed rebounds for fun off the defending champions misses. Australia finished the first quarter down by five points, as it struggled to shoot efficiently from the field, shooting five from 19 attempts (26 per cent).

Australia was able to turn itself around in the second quarter on the back of its defensive pressure. The Boomers outscored their opponents 23-8 and didn’t allow Indonesia to score any easy points in the paint, restricting it too tough shots from the perimeter.

The Boomers’ second-quarter performance gave them a 10-point lead going into the main break.

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Indonesia came out strong to start the second half but as the game started to open up, Australia was able to maintain its pressure and continue to knock down shots, going into the last change leading by 15 points.

As the game went on, Australia proved to have too many weapons and flexed its muscles, going on to secure a comfortable 25-point win.

Australia’s depth proved too much for Indonesia with five players scoring double-digit points, led by young gun Tyrese Proctor, who finished the game with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Sam Froling (10 points and seven rebounds), Thon Maker (11 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks), and Keanu Pinder (10 points) continued their stellar tournament form, proving to be too much for Indonesia’s big man duo Marques Bolden and Derrick Xzavierro.

The win sees Australia go through the group stage unbeaten and sitting first in Group A. It now means Australia has booked its ticket to a quarter-finals berth.

With games in other groups still to be played, the Boomer’s quarter-finals opponent is yet to be determined.

Australia will face the winner of the clash between the second-placed team in Group C and the third-placed team in Group D on Thursday, July 21.

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