Boomers to play 1st home games since Olympic bronze
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian men’s basketball team will play its first home games since winning the Tokyo Olympic bronze medal last year in a series of World Cup Asian qualifiers at Melbourne.
Basketball Australia said Friday that the Boomers would headline the qualifying series involving China, Japan and Taiwan at John Cain Arena from June 30 to July 4. Australia plays China on June 30 to open the tournament.
Those Group B teams have played six of 12 matches. Australia leads the group with a 3-0 record and has already qualified for the second round.
At Tokyo last August, the Boomers created history when they defeated Slovenia 107-93 to win Australian men’s basketball’s first Olympic medal. Captain Patty Mills of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets scored a game-high 42 points to lead Australia.
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