Boomers into World Cup semi final; USA suffer shock loss

THE Boomers have stormed into their first basketball World Cup semi-final after defeating the Czech Republic 82-70 in China.

Patty Mills again starred for Australia, finishing with 24 points and six rebounds, while Andrew Bogut also put on his best game of the tournament with 10 points.

The Australians will now play Spain in Beijing on Friday for a spot in Sunday’s final.


Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis said the side will be desperate to beat Spain, who beat Australia in the bronze medal match in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“In many ways, I think that hurt has driven just the passion and focus for this particular tournament and the commitment to it,” he said.

“And one of the first things I heard when I walked back into the locker room was ‘job’s not done yet’.”

The other semi-final will be played between France and Argentina after both teams scored huge upsets in their quarter-final battles.

Argentina took down Serbia 97-87 but it was France’s massive 89-79 victory over the United States that took everyone by surprise.

The USA had been the hot favourite to win their third title in a row and their sixth overall.

It’s the first time the United States has failed to reach the medal rounds since the 2002 tournament and also mark the first time that neither the US or Serbia – or formerly Yugoslavia – haven’t featured in the final four of a World Cup.