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Brown blasts Boomers' win

Brown blasts Boomers' win

Tue June 26, 2012 12:35am

Boomers win but battle to consistently rise above the fatigued and overmatched visitors.

AN OLYMPIAN performance it wasn't, but the Australian Boomers still managed a second-straight thrashing of Greece in game two of the Farewell Series last night.

The Boomers beat the youthful Greeks 91-51 before a sellout 3200 crowd at the new State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South, but battled to consistently rise above the fatigued and overmatched visitors.

Boomers coach Brett Brown spread his minutes widely and benched his starting five for much of the second half, which seemed the only way of stopping guard Joe Ingles, who had 15 of his game-high 17 points in the first half, then played just two minutes in the second half.

Ingles was the player supporters went home talking about with the Regal Barcelona left-hander shooting everything that moved in the opening half and relishing his court-time with good mate Patrick Mills.

With the likes of Mills, Aleks Maric and Ingles left on the bench in the final term, other Boomers got to run themselves into form under the bright lights of international play with Brad Newley (13 points), Mark Worthington (15 points) and Adam Gibson all fine-tuning their games while piling up the baskets in a lacklustre final term.

For a second straight night the Greek side, made up of emerging young talent, looked outmatched both physically and mentally against the Boomers' ball pressure but the home side lacked the sharpness to take advantage of Greece's 25 turnovers, committing 20 of their own.

There were some spectacular highlights, with Matt Dellavedova finding big man Aron Baynes for a punishing two-hand dunk while Newley showed young supporters the value of persistence mistiming a slam dunk late in the third yet getting out in the open twice in the fourth for breakaway dunks.

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