The inexperienced Boomers side – at least internationally – narrowly escaped the China 76-69 FIBA World Cup qualifier.
The Boomers, led by NBA champion Matthew Delavedova, found a way to stop the Chinese team from slipping away from Melbourne’s John Ken Arena with a six-man first-team finish. 8113.
With the exception of one Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist, former NBA men Delavedova and Tone Sari were among the biggest names in Australia’s NBL.
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With four-and-a-half minutes to go in the third quarter, the tires fell to the Boomers and China returned to the tournament with an 18-4 victory, which took a life from the Aussie. It was already a parochial Chinese group.
China, powered by Goliath ዡ Chi, who played in the NBL against Southeast Melbourne last season, worked to close the fourth-quarter opening bucket at 57 and what seemed like a normal result was suddenly a new life.
It was followed by a thrilling world basketball show, with both teams trading after a fight.
Captain Daley is the heart and soul of this NBL team and he only needs the ball. The oppressive cold gave him and his teammates key buckets, with 16 points, seven assists and four assists.
Delavedova and his 13-year-old keeper Mich Macarron worked together beautifully as a ball controller.
For the last time, Jack McWay put Delavedova, starter Jack White and Melbourne United in the NBL semi-final against John Ken Arena. It was China’s turn, with all 11 points scored in the first half, and the NBA’s Summer League match against Denver, with 10 points.
Australia are now 4-0 in the World Cup qualifiers. They have advanced to the next round peacefully, but will be looking to win again in a friendly against Japan on Friday and China on Sunday to ensure that their second round match is as friendly as possible. I need an abacus to explain the criteria, but basically 16 starts in Asia, 12 goes through two rounds and then seven teams qualify for a big dance.
The first half of the protest march
In the first half, several opposers were expelled from John Ken Arena. The group was seen chanting slogans and waving flags, including ‘Hong Kong Independence’. When the police moved to eliminate the riphers, a person was confronted with the Supreme Copiculture – A man confronted with the Supreme – Hearing the supporter on the fly.
Mr. Maker is back
Maker has been around for four long years in Aussie colors – the 2018 infamous karate in the Philippines. He raised his hand to say he was not qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, but it was exciting to see the giant center back – even though he has not played in an organized game since April. In the first half, a bucket did not work, but in the third, Delavedova’s meal ended on a plate. He would be better off running.
Qi whiz, Big Zhou
The biggest star in China knows John Ken Arena well, literally and physically. Dressed in Southeast Melbourne Phoenix Leather Green, usually called Big ዡ-Joe – at 216cm, it was a continuous path for the Boomers. He broke 17 balls with 16 points and made the key to all the good things the Chinese did.