United States prove too strong for Boomers in World Cup warm-up


No superstars, no worries for the United States, who continued their dominance over Australia with a 102-86 win in their FIBA World Cup warm-up clash in Melbourne.

Team USA haven’t lost to the Boomers in 55 years and despite the best efforts of sharp-shooters Patty Mills and Chris Goulding their record was never in danger on Thursday.

The Americans arrived in Australia carrying the tag of one of the worst-ever US teams, with global NBA names such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry skipping the exhibition games and World Cup in China.

With only two current All-Stars in Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton, the US were still a class above on the drop-in floor at Marvel Stadium.

That’s not to say the Boomers didn’t give it a shake, particularly in the first half when they troubled the US with their stiff defence which delighted the record Australian basketball crowd of 51,218.

The Americans, who have only spent three weeks training together, also lacked some chemistry in offence.

The Boomers hit the lead early in the second quarter with Joe Ingles potting a free throw, and pushed it out to three soon after through an Andrew Bogut dunk.

But every time the Australians looked to be getting a roll on the Americans shifted gear.

The US lead blew out to 12 before the Boomers rallied through Mills and Melbourne United’s Goulding to trail 44-43 at halftime.

The Americans propelled the lead out to 15 points heading into the final quarter, with the Boomers providing little resistance as the clock wound down and the big crowd fell flat.

Walker, who recently signed with Boston, finished with a game high 23 points while Indiana Pacers centre Myles Turner grabbed 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Mills and Goulding both finished with 19 points while Andrew Bogut had five assists and four rebounds in a valuable contribution off the bench.

The teams will square off again at Marvel Stadium on Saturday afternoon.