Australia made basketball history at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup by taking a 6-0 run into semi finals, but a mighty Spain sent the Boomers’ elusive gold medal dreams packing in double overtime.
The Boomers found themselves up against old foes, Spain last Friday who again shattered the hoop dreams of Aussie basketball fans everywhere.
The Spaniards are quickly becoming the Boomers’ mortal enemies, denying the side their first ever medal in a global competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics and now ruining a six-win streak at the world cup with 10 extra minutes of play needed to separate the two nations.
Spain trailed Australia at every break during the world cup final, until the fourth where it out-shot the Boomers 20-16.
Leading Aussie scorer Patty Mills missed the second of two free throws with less than five seconds of regulation time left on the clock, drawing the score at 81-all and seeing the match into overtime.
Spain led by three before a Maryborough’s Matthew Dellavedova jump shot equaled the score at 90-all as extra time expired.
Second overtime was a painful experience for Australia which had 24 hours less resting time between games than Spain.
Fatigue set in heavily and was highlighted when Dellavedova was sidelined with cramping towards the completion of the second bout.
Before that however, he had registered 39 minutes court time with four rebounds, nine assists and six points.
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