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Boomers continue bright start with tight win over Italy


The Boomers have survived a tense battle with Italy, coming out 86-83 winners for their second-straight win of the Tokyo Games.

Jock Landale was one of the stand-outs with 18 points, and several clutch plays in the final quarter, while Patty Mills showed flashes of his best and contributed 16 points.

Australia plays Germany in their final group game.

The Boomers’ fast hands were a highlight of the win, with Nic Kay hailing that improvement in their game after the opening win against Nigeria.

“The ball moved today. With their switching, we really tried to exploit it, and we got fortunate with some offensive rebounds,” he said.

“If we keep moving the ball and keep playing unselfishly, we’re going to have more success than not.”

Matthew Dellavedova also saw improvement, but said the side’s defence still needs to get better.

“I think we took better care of the ball this game than last game, that was definitely an area for improvement. I don’t think the defence was probably as good, I thought our D was good in the Nigeria game,” he said.

“I think we found some other things that worked this game, and then I think the big fellas on the offensive boards got us some huge extra possessions.”

Boomers big men Aron Baynes, Jock Landale and Nic Kay led the side to a 16-6 advantage in offensive rebounds, which allowed Australia nab 17 second-chance points.

And the perimeter players needed those extra chances, with Mills (6/17), Joe Ingles (5/11), Dante Exum (0/2) and Dellavedova (0/3) all unable to find their radar as they might have liked.

Landale, Baynes and Kay, meanwhile, shot a combined 70 per cent from the field, as well as dominating on the boards.


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