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Boomers' ta-ta to Qatar


AUSTRALIA tonight scored 110 points as it buried Qatar beneath a 3-point scoring barrage at Margaret Court Arena in its 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Zone qualifier.

Jason Cadee (pictured below) shook off his recent scoring malaise, his game-high 21 points including 5-of-8 triples as the Boomers swished 21-of-37 from beyond the arc to win by 51.

Shooting at 61 percent from the floor and 57 from distance, Australia drove its advantage home in a 32-14 third period, its defence exemplary, its offence a joy to watch.

Ball movement was swift and efficient, with 32 assists on 37 made baskets.

Cam Gliddon (below) also found his range, his 17 points including 5-of-9 threes. Seven Aussies connected from long range, with 36ers 3-point shooters Nathan Sobey and Daniel Johnson surprisingly not firing one between them.

Already through to the World Cup following Friday's 29-point win over Iran, Australia refused to treat this match as a dead rubber, continuing to maintain a standard and drawing praise from the nation's NBA contingent, watching from afar.

“This current qualifying format has exposed a whole bunch of players to the international game of basketball,” Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis said.

“As we’ve said, we had 24 players through and it’s been like a fun and rewarding experience for me to watch each one of them grow at different times in this environment and to see how much it means for them to play in the green-and-gold and see that reward of some of the work they’ve put in through their junior careers and their careers in the NBL.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the body of work these guys have put together and the way they’ve represented Australia on the international stage.

“Like I think we’ve done it with class, we’ve done it with some skill. All fans of basketball and all Australian citizens should be pretty proud of this group.”

Recalled for this FIBA window, Nathan Jawai (below) threw down a massive dunk and was a huge focal point while fellow returnee, David Barlow had 12 points at 80 percent.

“It was really nice to see Nate be that influential and again give us another reminder of how he helps on the international stage,” Lemanis said.

“There are some big bodies that you need to deal with internationally and he’s certainly got the ability to do that for us and provide that skill set.

“You talk about how many threes we shot tonight and all the open looks that we got, I think the guys started figuring out pretty quickly ‘if you throw it to Nate, he draws that much attention that you get open’. And he’s a great passer of the ball and willing passer of the ball.

"And so – pick a number – our open looks came as a result of the attention he draws down in the block when he has the ball.”

BOOM TIMES: Aussie coach Andrej Lemanis address his troops. All pics courtesy FIBA.com

Joining Australia at the FIBA World Cup in China next year from Asia will be New Zealand and Korea.

Apart from the hosts China, the USA, Canada, Argentina and Venezuela are through from the Americas, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Spain, Turkey are through from Europe, and Africa already has provided Angola, Nigeria and Tunisia.

That's 18 of the 32 teams for China next year finalised.

Australia has two remaining "dead" rubbers, on February 21 at Kazakhstan and February 24 in Iran.

AUSTRALIA BOOMERS 110 (Cadee 21, Gliddon 17, Barlow, Blanchfield 12; Kay 6 rebs; Sobey 7 assts) d QATAR 59 (Mohmmed 13, Mujkic 11; Abdulla, Mujkic 4 rebs; Mohamed 3 assts) at Margaret Court Arena.

Dec 3

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