The Australian Boomers bounced back after last night's defeat to Canada, grinding out an 81-73 win at RAC Arena in Perth.
Jock Landale was again among the Boomers' best, leading the way with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Jonah Bolden swung the momentum for the Aussies with a monster second half, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists.
After trailing 33-30 at the half, the Boomers turned it on in the third quarter, shooting 10-of-16 from the field and 6-of-8 from three, scoring 30 points in the period to take a one-point lead into the fourth, before cruising home to seal the win.
The Canadians created plenty of good looks from beyond the arc, but struggled to find their rhythm, going 7-of-25 on the night.
Khem Birch impressed for Canada with 18 points, while Oshae Brissett added 14 points on the night.
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Final: Australia 81, Canada 73
Jonah Bolden is just making things happen for the Aussies, scrapping for loose balls, crashing the glass and moving well without the ball. He finished with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
MORE OF THIS PLS, BOOMERS.#GoBoomers 📺 @SBSVICELAND | https://t.co/oZ5mgvnPWJ pic.twitter.com/DWpGzT5mMV- NBL (@NBL) August 17, 2019
His performance tonight will give coach Andrej Lemanis plenty to think about ahead of the World Cup, with the 23-year-old taking over the second half, when the Boomers looked their best.
Khem Birch did his best to keep the Canadians in the game with a strong fourth quarter, recording 18 points on 7-of-5 shooting.
End of the third quarter: Australia 60, Canada 59
Jonah Bolden was the difference in the third quarter, making some nice plays to get Australia some open looks from three. He found his rhythm shooting the ball, knocking down a pair of three-pointers of his own to help Australia take the lead.
The Boomers offence looks much more fluid with Bolden in the game, with his quick decision-making and presence in the paint causing Canada plenty of problems on defence.
Matthew Dellavedova got in on the action, drilling back-to-back threes to kick-start Australia's third-quarter comeback.
D3⃣LLY TIME.#GoBoomers 📺 @SBSVICELAND | https://t.co/oZ5mgvnPWJ pic.twitter.com/mBK2oqidqQ- NBL (@NBL) August 17, 2019
Khem Birch came to life in the third quarter, with some nice work in the paint. He's up to 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting.
The triples dried up for the Canadians in the third, connecting on just 1-of-4 from deep in the period, thanks largely to the Boomers' increased defensive pressure on the perimeter.
Joe Ingles connects with Aron Baynes in the pick-and-roll for the flush!
BANG ON 'EM BAYNES 🔨#GoBoomers 📺 @SBSVICELAND | https://t.co/oZ5mgvnPWJ pic.twitter.com/UlepWtRnKe- NBL (@NBL) August 17, 2019
Half-time: Canada 33, Australia 30
The Canadians continue to fill it up from deep, connecting on 6-of-14 of their three-pointers in the first half, while the Boomers managed just 3-of-13 from deep.
Jock Landale is proving to be the Boomers' best option on offence, finding plenty of space in the paint.
JOE with the set 🆙 JOCK with the get 🆙💥#GoBoomers 📺 @SBSVICELAND | https://t.co/oZ5mgvnPWJ pic.twitter.com/fMcVCJUMHA- NBL (@NBL) August 17, 2019
Landale leads all scorers with 10 points at the half, while Oshae Brissett leads the Canadians with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting.
Mitch Creek produced a pair of timely plays for the Aussies in the second quarter, getting the steal at half-court for the lauyp, before draining the open corner three.
Mitch Creek making things happen! 💪#GoBoomers pic.twitter.com/kDL7wPGFVc- Basketball Australia (@BasketballAus) August 17, 2019
The Boomers did say they needed knockdown corner shooters...- NBL (@NBL) August 17, 2019
Creek making a splash.#GoBoomers 📺 @SBSVICELAND | https://t.co/oZ5mgvnPWJ pic.twitter.com/zZW5qTHDTL
End of first quarter: Canada 18, Australia 17
After a quiet game on Friday, Matthew Dellavedova started the game with a burst of energy, forcing turnovers and getting the Boomers out in transition.
Delly turning defence into offence, with a little (flashy) assist from CG43 💥 #GoBoomers 📺 @SBSVICELAND + https://t.co/oZ5mgvnPWJ pic.twitter.com/PI0bJmjVCw- NBL (@NBL) August 17, 2019
Meanwhile Jock Landale picked up where he left off, making his presence felt in the paint, capping off an early 8-0 run with a dunk.
BIG2⃣BIG@aronbaynes with the set 🆙 @JockLandale with the get 🆙#GoBoomers 📺 @SBSVICELAND + https://t.co/oZ5mgvnPWJ pic.twitter.com/n9EBkUDGoT- NBL (@NBL) August 17, 2019
Landale leads all scorers with eight points, while Oshae Brissett leads the Canadians with seven.
Canada struggled early with Australia's defensive pressure, but three-pointers from Thomas Scrubb, Oshae Brissett and Kaza Kajami-Keane helped Canada take a one-point lead after the first quarter.
Oshae with a big time bucket at the end of the quarter to give Canada 🇨🇦 a 18-17 lead over Australia 🇦🇺. Second coming up on @cbcsports. #WeAreTeamCanada #StandOnGuard pic.twitter.com/pA1CHSbWf8- Canada Basketball (@CanBball) August 17, 2019
Australia: Matthew Dellavedova, Chris Goulding, Joe Ingles, Jock Landale, Aron Baynes
Canada: Philip Scrubb, Melvin Ejim, Khem Birch, Andrew Nembhard, Kyle Wiltjer
It's nearly game time!
Here's the back-end of the Boomers' shootaround. Aron Baynes got shots up earlier, so he's a go for tonight. Two guys who were absent from shootaround: Andrew Bogut and Patty Mills. pic.twitter.com/zA0bsgxr9S- Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) August 17, 2019
Hear from both head coaches, Nick Nurse and Andrej Lemanis after Game 1.
BOOMERS | Hear from both coaches after last night's game against @CanBball!- Basketball Australia (@BasketballAus) August 17, 2019
The Boomers will again face Canada tonight at 5:30pm (7:30pm AEST) live and exclusive on @SBSVICELAND and SBS on Demand! #GoBoomers pic.twitter.com/i8hfz1vEoi