Balanced Boomers wrap World Cup campaign with win

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OKINAWA (Japan) – Australia concluded their FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 on a triumphant note following a 100-84 beatdown of Georgia, Sunday night at the Okinawa Arena. Patty Mills finished with 19 points as he bannered the Boomers’ balanced offensive attack on the way to ensuring that they leave the Japanese prefecture with a win, serving as a consolation of sorts after seeing their Final Phase hopes get dashed by Luka Doncic and Slovenia last Friday. Dante Exum had18 points, while Duop Reath came through with 16 as both saved their best for last by turning in their best games in the campaign closer. World Cup rookie Josh Giddey made 15 points while Joe Ingles chimed in 10 points as five players scored in double figures in the win.

Australia took the lead early before pulling away in the second quarter, with Reath and Nick Kay giving them a 38-23 lead approaching the midway mark of the period. Their lead even ballooned to 51-31 a little over two minutes left before the halftime break. Georgia did try to come back when they got to within just 10 early in the final frame, but that was the closest they could get as Jack White and Giddey connived for six straight for an 85-69 lead with less than seven minutes to go, effectively restoring order for the Boomers. Exum scored 10 of his points in the second half, eventually finishing with a 6-of-12 clip from the field that included 3 treys. He led Australia in efficiency with 17.

A semi-finalist of the previous World Cup in China, Australia will finish this year’s tilt with a 3-2 record, and in the coming months will start their buildup for the Paris Olympics. Georgia, on the other hand, finished with a 2-3 slate, definitely nothing to be ashamed of for a team that’s just in their very first foray in the global hoops showpiece.

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