Australia continued their hot streak, advancing to 6-0 on the tournament after defeating Czech Republic 82-70 to move on to the Semi-Finals of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
It was Aussie hero Patty Mills who led the charge again with quality play from Andrew Bogut, Joe Ingles and Chris Goulding to keep the Boomers gold medal hopes alive.
Australia is set to take on Spain in the Final Four, just one win away from reaching the gold medal match.
For takeaways on their historic Quarter-Finals win over the Czechs, we have you covered below.
Patty Mills stays hot
Patty Mills has been an unstoppable force in this tournament as a flame thrower for the Boomers.
That was no different in this contest as Mills torched Czech Republic for a game-high 24 points shooting 9-for-15 (60%) from the field and 6-for-9 (67%) from long range.
.@Patty_Mills was a walking bucket! 🔥 24 PTS | 6 AST | 4 REB shooting 6/9 from three point range to send @BasketballAus 🇦🇺 to the #FIBAWC Semi-Finals! #AustraliaGotGame #AUSCZE pic.twitter.com/Wyi3ZP9aND- Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) September 11, 2019
Incase his scoring wasn't enough for Australia's offence, Mills also dished out a team-high six assists and grabbed four offensive rebounds to give the Boomers even more of an edge on that end of the floor.
Mills has been a juggernaut on offence throughout the entire World Cup. His 22.2 points per game is the most of any player still competing and third-best for the tournament as a whole. He's shooting 50-40-90 from the field, 3-point range and the free throw line and has kept his teammates involved with 4.5 assists per game.
If Mills can keep this up - and he shows no signs of slowing down - then the Boomers will have a good a chance as anyone to take down Spain and advance to the gold medal match.
Australia only led by three points going into the half but a 14-0 run midway through the third quarter separated themselves for the remainder of the contest.
Andrew Bogut played a massive role in that run, helping decide the outcome of the game for the Boomers.
Bogut checked into the second half as the run began and made key plays to keep it going. He immediately dished out a pair of assists - a 3-pointer from Goulding and a layup from Nic Kay - to expand on Australia's lead. On the ensuing possessions, Bogut created his own offence by finishing an alley-oop from Ingles and converting a hook shot to put Australia up 14 points late in the frame.
The veteran centre only played 12 minutes in the game but they were an impactful 12 minutes. Bogut finished with 10 points (5-6 FG), three assists and two rebounds while earning a plus-12 plus/minus.
His rim protection as a defensive anchor, playmaking and leadership has been on full display with the Boomers' success this World Cup.
Satoransky's triple-double threat
Earlier this week, we deemed Czech Republic guard Tomas Satoranksy as the World Cup's biggest flirt in our superlatives ahead of the Quarter-Finals. He earned that nod because in every game aside from one, he's flirted with a triple-double and that trend continued in this one.
Satoransky has been stuffing the stat sheet in every contest, doing everything he could to keep this underdog Czech team going.
He finished today's contest with 13 points shooting 5-for-12 (41.7%) from the field and 2-for-4 (50%) from the perimeter. He dished out a game-high 13 assists and grabbed nine rebounds, finishing one board shy of his first triple-double of the tournament.
.@ceskybasketbal's 🇨🇿 @satoransky fell just shy of a triple-double 🆚 @BasketballAus 🇦🇺: 13 PTS | 13 AST | 9 REB.- Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) September 11, 2019
🎥 Watch some of his best moments! #CzechRepublicGotGame #AUSCZE #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/zvBV5MgDic
Satoransky's numbers have been terrific through six games at the World Cup - he's averaging 14.8 points, 8.3 assists and 6.5 rebounds. His 8.3 assists per game is second-best in the tournament but his 50 total assists is a World Cup-best. His rebounding average is second-best among all guards in the tournament and his scoring average ranks him in the top-25.
You could consider Satoransky the "do-it-all" player of the World Cup, leading this Czech team further than anyone would have guessed.
History in the making
This was a monumental win for Australia as they reach the Semi-Finals of the FIBA Basketball World Cup for the first time in history.
🇦🇺HISTORY! THE BOOMERS ARE IN THE #FIBAWC SEMI-FINALS! #AustraliaGotGame pic.twitter.com/u68GSPrx09- Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) September 11, 2019
The Boomers have never finished higher than fourth at a major International tournament such as the World Cup or Olympics. They finished fourth four times at the Olympics (1988, 1996, 2000, 2016) and their highest finish at a World Cup - prior to this year - was fifth, which they've acheived twice (1982, 1994).
Should Australia pull off a win over Spain in the Semi-Finals, they will medal for the first time at a major International tournament in the country's history.
This team has the talent, depth and chemistry to win this entire tournament, but Spain is a tough test and just proved their legitimacy with a win over a powerhouse Serbia squad. Friday night's matchup will be one for the history books in Australia.