Creek dominates as Boomers take care of Chinese Taipei
Australia have taken care of business in accounting for Chinese Taipei by 20 points in Melbourne to continue their unbeaten start to the FIBA Asia World Cup qualifiers.
Mitch Creek was the star of the show for the Australians, scoring a team-best 18 points to be the most dominant player on court, as Australia used their physical size and height advantage to great effect. With the win, Australia now progresses to the next round of qualifying for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Chinese Taipei opened proceedings with the first score on a wide open triple from the wing. Daniel Kickert responded with a three of his own on the very next possession. On the Boomers next possession, Mitch Creek got to the rack with a nice scoop on the layup. A Jason Cadee floater and a three-point play impressed, and when Cadee again found himself open in the paint, the Boomers had gone on a 10-0 run yo open up a 7 point lead.
Long-Mao Hu connected on two early triples to keep Chinese Taipei to within 4. But Nick Kay found Creek open on the backdoor for a dunk to push the lead back out to 6. Quincy Davis posted up Angus Brandt to finish a nice spin move for the and-1 down low to try to keen Chinese Taipei in touch 22-15.
The Boomers’ offensive rhythm was on song early, with good spacing, ball movement and patience, enabling some great decision-making against the zone. They would lead 26-15 at the end of the first, with Creek in dominant form in posting 8 points with Australia shooting 72% from the field and clearly owning the paint.