Sunday, August 10, 2008

Boomers Disappointing...Day 1 of Men's Olympic Basketball

All eyes are on Aussie Andrew Bogut, but is he carrying an ankle injury still?

The Australian Boomers kicked off their Olympic campaign tonight against Croatia, and it was nothing but disappointing. Croatia ran out winners 97-82.

From start to finish the Europeans led. They won every quarter except the last, but the horse had bolted so they could afford to cruise to a first up win.
It was the hot three point shooting (12/16) that saw the Croatian team continue to built momentum throughout the game.

The "blink and you miss it" coverage from ch7 showed great ball movement from the Croatians that created wide open shots, while the Aussies struggled to generate any offense what so ever.

Not much else you can say about the game than it was a good old fashion butt kicking.

There is no time to dwell on this performance because Argentina is waiting for the Boomers next. They suffered a defeat at the hands of Lithuania today, so they will come out ready to get their medal chances back on track.

Whichever team slips to 0-2 after this game is going to find it hard to advance to the quarter final round.

boxscore recap Boomers a Bust Bogut's Boomers

Notes From the Game:

- Is Andrew Bogut's ankle anywhere close to 100%? I'm guessing no.

- Playing the USA team in a warm up game, followed by the Opening Ceremony, were the guys mentally done by the time tipoff for this one come around? The players would have expended a lot of mental energy for both these events. It is hard to be on that level three consecutive times.

- Croatia's biggest lead was 29.

- Coach Brian Goorjian is finding it hard to get enough minutes for both Matt Nielsen and David Andersen.

Lithuania's Linas Kleiza nailed a three with 2.1sec remaining to sink Argentina.

Today kicked off the start of Men's Basketball at the Beijing Games. Already there has been an upset of sorts with Lithuania sneaking past Argentina. Below are all the results to date.

Russia 71 defeated Iran 49 boxscore recap

Germany 95 defeated Angola 66 boxscore recap

Spain 81 defeated Greece 66 boxscore recap

Lithuania 79 defeated Argentina 75 boxscore recap

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Cairns defeat Perth.

Rogers goes under the knife.

Jawai's little helper.

NBA prospects at the Olympics.


DJ Rod said...

what is going on ???

... with the game and Ch7?

John Rillie said...

nothing doing! a real shame.

Snoop Wogg said...

Ch 7 do this every fricken four years, nothing changes. I hate them with a passion. Not sure if you stayed up, but there was some impressive feats of athleticism in the USA v China game. Some decent ball played too, although the seppos still can't shoot from the smaller 3 point line. Very strange...

Toby said...

Hey JR
Do you check ya yahoo email? Sent something to you that might be of some interest on Friday.