Australia annihilates Lithuania, moves on to men's basketball semis

Australia annihilates Lithuania, moves on to men's basketball semis

Australia annihilates Lithuania, moves on to men's basketball semis

The Boomers will play either Serbia or Croatia in the knock-out, expected to be a heated match.

With so much depth at its disposal, Australia has been able to lock down defensively and it sits second in team scoring at 89 points per game on a tournament best 51.7% shooting from the field.

A 3-0 start for Lithuania at the Olympics had plenty excited about watching them play in the knockout stages. Could they be on their way to their first? So what is different on the global stage? Still, Lithuania should be able to match the famed Australian toughness and is always a tough out in global tournaments. "I think everyone found that individually and as a team as well".

"We came into the tournament with a goal in mind and we haven't achieved that yet".

Australia will face Serbia on Friday August 19 at 7pm (8am Saturday August 20 AET) for a berth in the gold medal game of the Olympic men's basketball competition.

Baynes had 16 points, five rebounds and three assists against Lithuania.

Valanciunas was maybe the most disappointing National Basketball Association player in the tournament.

As other Australian teams in Rio have crashed at or before the quarter-finals, the basketballers have a chance of matching the women's rugby gold medallists. The Boomers connected for 30 team assists compared to Lithuania's 14. As y'all know, we already lost to the United States of America, but we gave 'em quite an upset that they're surely still smarting from. This team is looking awfully beatable.

Just that easy, the defense has been picked apart.

Anstey praised the high-tempo start and the role of the entire team as players stepped up when required. They weren't good enough at defending their three-point line, they weren't good enough executing on offense, and those hurdles proved impossible to overcome. "They execute extremely well, and that's a team that's been playing together for a while".

It's a long way from Canberra - especially Canberra ten or so years ago - to Rio de Janeiro today.

To five-time Australian Olympic guard Andrew Gaze, the possibility of the Aussies stepping up onto the medal podium in the next few days, isn't all that surprising. If there were any doubts after Australia's strong 4-1 performance in group play, their 26-point evisceration of third-ranked Lithuania in the quarterfinals is surely an announcement that they are now in the uppermost tier of global basketball.

"We weren't supposed to be here, in the top four, according to FIBA rankings", he said.

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