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Boomers, 36ers in big wins

AUSTRALIA's Boomers used a withering 27-0 third quarter run this morning to rout Qatar 95-43 in Doha before Adelaide tonight saw off Illawarra 99-81 in an NBL preseason game in Canberra.

Jesse Wagstaff had 18 points at 67 per cent in 17:46 of action to lead five Boomers in double digits, Anthony Drmic (below) with 13, Nick Kay 12, debutante Daniel Johnson 11 and Mitch McCarron 10.

McCarron also had six rebounds and four assists, Angus Brandt with seven rebounds and nine points in 16:43, Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee also with four assists.

Australia's 30-3 third period was one for the time capsule and keeps it atop the Group with a 6-1 win-loss record.

In his long-awaited debut, Johnson's 11 points came on 5-of-6 shooting, with five rebounds in 13 minutes.

While he was en route back to Australia for Monday's FIBA World Cup Asian Zone Qualifier against Kazakhstan in Bendigo, his 36ers teammates were putting the finishing touches on a comfortable preseason win over Illawarra Hawks at Tuggeranong Stadium.

The Hawks played without AJ Ogilvy and Todd Blanchfield, the latter in Doha with the Boomers seeing off Qatar. The 36ers were down Drmic, Sobey and Johnson, also away for the FIBA World Cup Asian Zone qualifier.

The 36ers weathered a Hawks comeback in the third which eroded their double figure lead to five points but big baskets by Ramone Moore, Jacob Wiley and Adris De Leon restored calm.

The Sixers then steadily pulled away, Wiley's stepback 3-pointer for an 83-59 lead huge and underpinning an 87-67 lead going into the last quarter.

The 12-14 scoring for the period was indicative of the match petering out as a contest, Illawarra in its first preseason game and the 36ers coming off last week's double-demises to Perth in WA.

Apart from the fact both teams seem to have done well with their import choices, zero should be taken out of the game.

DJ DEBUTS: Daniel Johnson made the most of his minutes. Pic courtesy

Sep 14

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