The Australian Boomers have started their 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign in style with a thrilling 108-92 win over Canada in their opening match.
Maryborough’s Matthew Dellavedova played a massive role in the Aussies’ win, leading points scored from either colours with 24 off the back of some impressive distance shots.
Australia started strongly on Sunday in China, taking a nine-point lead at the first break and further outscoring Canada 20-23 to lead by 12 points at half time.
A massive third-quarter strike back saw the Canadians lead by one at three quarter time after a 37- point surge.
The green and gold rallied in the final quarter to get the all important win in their first game of a tough run at international basketball’s flagship prize.
Australia hit more than 70 percent of its field goals and 19 from 23 of its free throws, with three pointers the main draw back at just 42 percent.
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