The Australian Boomers finally registered a win on the international warm up circuit Monday when they defeated France in Strasbourg.
The game came down to a final shot with NBA star Tony Parker missing a late three on France’s last possession, allowing the Aussies to hold onto a 69-67 win.
The Boomers’ had come close to defeating a number of strong nations in recent weeks, but ultimately couldn’t register a breakthrough against high level of NBA talent.
France features a number of NBA talent: Tony Parker, highly coveted 2012 free agent Nic Batum, plus established veterans Boris Diaw, Kevin Seraphin and Ronny Turiaf.
Batum was the only one that could be considered to have a produced a prolific contribution. He nailed three of six three pointers for 14 points, but Parker was hounded all night by Matthew Dellavedova into a 2/9 shooting night (six points).
The Boomers actually led by as much as 16 late in the third period, but the Frenchies were able to tie the game up with just over a minute remaining in the contest.
The win comes after the boys dropped Sunday’s game against Brazil 87-71. Missing former No.1 NBA draft pick, the Australian front court is a huge weakness heading into the Olympics and Brazil took full advantage of it.
NBA bigs Nene and Tiago Splitter had their way in the paint while veteran David Andersen fought back with a 16 point, 10 rebound game.
The Boomers came close last week to knocking off Spain’s elite team, falling short in two contests.