LIVE: The Boomers kick off their Olympic basketball campaign against Nigeria on Sunday night.
And Australian flagbearer Patty Mills took the lead from the front, winning three robberies and twice three points as Australia took a 21-14 deep lead in the first inning.
The Boomers are clogging the center lane, their impressive defense frustrates the Nigeria Tigers’ attack – particularly limiting any forward fouling.
But Nigeria hit two or three points in a row to take a 21-20 lead back in less than a minute in the first half, and a slip on the pitch gave Nigeria a third shot from outside the arc to lead two points ahead. .
Then a Duop Reath jumper for the Boomers forced things to start at the break at 23-23.
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Led by Patty Mills, the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag bearer, a united faction of Boomers marched as one during the Opening Ceremony.
And – with Ben Simmon skipping the Olympics after a rough NBA season – it’s thanks to a strong NBA team, including Utah Jazz sniper Joe Ingles to guide the Boomers to the car. First Olympic medal in years of heartbreak.
Ingles, getting ready for his fourth Olympics, told Fox Sports’ Gadiel Notelovitz that the win would mean more to him than an NBA title.
“That’s why we keep coming back,” Ingles said. “It was a burning desire to be the first team, to make history with this group and obviously get that gold medal. That’s what keeps us motivated. “
The Boomers beat both the dominant US and today’s opponent Nigeria in warm-up clashes in Las Vegas ahead of the Olympics.
But Nigeria’s roster is also full of NBA pros, and presents a stern challenge first to the blue and yellow side.
Nigeria’s starting XI: Josh Okogie, Olumiye Oni, Nmandi Vincent, Chikezie Okpala and Precious Achiuwa.
Australia squad: Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova, Aron Baynes and Jock Landale.
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