Boomers star Patty Mills propels Australia to victory over Germany and a place in basketball quarter-finals
Australia enter the men’s basketball final of the Tokyo Olympics as undefeated group winners, after making a perfect three out of three with a stark 89-76 win over Germany.
Patty Mills was the star of the show with 24 points for the Boomers, while Nick Kay was awesome after being raised to the base five to replace the injured Aron Baynes with 16 points and four rebounds.
Fellow great man Jock Landale was possessed as he once again pushed through his NBA call-up claims, the Melbourne United star scored 18 points out of seven for ten shots, including two from two from long range.
Patty Mills (pictured) again played for the Boomers, scoring 24 points as they beat Germany to remain undefeated in the group stage
The Boomers defeated Germany 89-76 on Saturday night in a solid win and will have to wait until Sunday’s games are over to find out who their opponent will be in the quarterfinals.
Australia will have to wait until the final round of Sunday’s qualifying rounds to find out who their last eight opponents will be.
Mills’ stellar night wasn’t on the cards early as the Australian standard-bearer missed his first four shots.
But Mills showed the shooter mentality that has been the staple of his award-winning NBA career, and kept hanging on them and they soon began to wane, even though it was the Germans who took a 22-18 lead into the first break.
With their starters struggling, Australia looked for alternative avenues to get on the board and both Chris Goulding and Nathan Sobey contributed their first points of the Games, before Mills began to find his reach from deep to give the Boomers a slim lead. to give rest.
A four-point play by Mills early in the third gave the Aussies a 50-40 lead, but their lead was gone just as quickly as the Germans had made a 10-0 run of their own.
Leading seven in the final period, the Boomers went to long ball first with Matisse Thybulle, then Joe Ingles and finally Landale all threes landed – the Aussies kept Germany at bay to secure the win.
NBL star Jock Landale scored 18 points and Nick Kay scored 16 points and had four rebounds, filling the shoes of injured Aaron Baynes (pictured, Dante Exum stands up for a dunk)