Following the Boomers recent FIBA Oceania 2013 Championship win, the question for the Boomers is, “Where to from here?”
Dave Andersen believes that the Boomers have some exciting times ahead of them.
“I feel we have a good blend of young and old” Andersen said.
“(With) Good experience and energetic youth, I hope that we can cultivate what we have done this year and build on it for next year.”
With the Boomers set to head to the FIBA 2014 World Cup in Spain, Andersen knows there is work ahead for the team if they want a top four finish.
“We need to keep raising the bar as the rest of the world are getting better and better.”
After trailing in both Oceania games at half time, the Boomers worked hard on both occasions to peg the lead back and walk away from the series with a 2-0 winning record.
“It felt good to sweep the series and secure the top spot for Oceania. It’s always a battle vs NZ and to win is great for Australian basketball” Andersen said.
For now, all of the players will continue with their pre-season preparations as they set to embark on another season of basketball with Spain 2014 firmly in their sights.
The Australian Boomers hosted the New Zealand Tall Blacks at the AIS Arena in Canberra on Sunday August 18 for game two of the FIBA Oceania 2013 Championships. After winning game one of the series in New Zealand on Wednesday night, the Boomers were looking for a clean sweep of the series to take them to the FIBA 2014 World Cup in Spain.
After another shaky start for the Boomers, the Tall Blacks held the lead at half time by six points. After the break the Boomers came out firing scoring 28 points while keeping the Tall Blacks to just seven for the third quarter. Final scores were Australia 76 to New Zealand 63.
Dave played 21 minutes scoring two points, one defensive rebounds and three assists for the game. Patty Mills top scored again for the Boomers with 21 points while Luke Neville grabbed the most rebounds with two offensive and four defensive boards for the game.
Check the box scores here on the FIBA website.
The Australian Boomers headed to New Zealand to play the New Zealand Tall Blacks in game one of the two game FIBA Oceania 2013 Championships on Wednesday August 14. After overcoming a shaky first half that saw the Tall Blacks up by seven points at the major change the Boomers rallied to win the second half, and the game 70-59. Dave played 25:20 minutes in the game shooting at 63per cent from the field and 100 per cent from three point range to score 12 points for the Boomers. Dave also hit the boards hard grabbing four offensive and three defensive rebounds for the game. Top scorer for the Boomers was Patty Mills with 20 points while Dave was second top scorer with 12. Joe Ingles grabbed the most boards for the Boomers with one offensive and seven defensive rebounds for a total of eight, with Dave close by on seven.
After the game, Dave said how great it was to be back playing for the Boomers in the green and gold.
“Playing with the boys is special and the culture is great with the Boomers, there is a really good team feel and sense of pride” Dave said.
“It just makes it even better to get the important win over the Kiwi’s and am looking forward to challenge for the next game.”
The next game will be played in Canberra on Sunday August 18 as a double header with the Opals taking on the Tall Ferns. To win the Championship, the Boomers need to win the second game or lose by a margin less than 11 points. Both matches will be shown live on ABC TV from 2pm.
After a training camp in Canberra, Dave has been named in the Boomers squad that will play one game in New Zealand and one game in Canberra for the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships. Joining Dave on the Boomers squad will be fellow Olympians Patty Mills, Aaron Baynes, Joe Ingles, David Barlow, Adam Gibson, Brad Newley and Matthew Dellavedova. Tip-off for the first game is scheduled for Wednesday August 14 in Auckland with the Boomers facing the Tall Blacks and the Opals facing the Tall Ferns in a double-header. ABC TV will show highlights from the two games at 11.30pm AEST on the August 14 or you can watch it live on-line at livebasketball.tv. The second game in the series will be played in Canberra on Sunday August 18 and will be shown live on ABC TV from 2pm.
Karsiyaka hosted game two of the Quarter finals on Tuesday May 21, a game which Fenberbahce needed to win to keep their finals hopes alive. With the scores level at half time (37-37) Fenerbahce couldn’t match it with Karsiyaka in the second half to see the home team walk away with a 3 point win (81-78). Dave played four minutes and scored three points and grabbed one defensive rebound in the game. Oguz Savas top scored for Fenerbahce with 22 points while Omer Onan grabbed the most rebounds for the team with six defensive boards for the game. Fenerbahce Ulker’s season is now over with their 0-2 run in the Qurater finals, Karsiyaka will play Galatasaray in the first game of the semi finals on Sunday May 26.
Fenerbahce Ulker hosted Karsiyaka on Saturday May 18 in game one of the Turkish Basketball League Quarter Finals. The home team started off well taking a 12 point lead into half time (41-29). Karsiyaka came out in the second half and outscored Fenerbahce 45-27 to win the game 74-68. Dave did not play in the game for Fenerbahce, while Kaya Peker was the top scorer and rebounder for the team with 13 points and six rebounds. Game 2 of the Quarter finals will be played on Tuesday May 21 and is a do or die game for Fenerbahce. They must win the game to take it to the third game in the best of three series to keep their finals hopes alive.
Fenerbahce Ulker will play host to Karsiyaka in the Turkish Basketball League Quarter Final on Saturday May 18. Fenerbahce secured the home court advantage after finishing in fourth place at the end of the regular season while Karsiyaka finished fifth. If Fenerbahce win, they will play the winner fom the Galatasaray and Tofas Quarter Final that is being played on the same night.
Fenerbahce Ulker played Olin Edirne on Saturday May 4 in the final game of the Turkish Basketball League regular season. Fenerbahce came out strong with the score line 43-20 in their favour at half time. Olin Edirne fought back in the second half but it wasn’t enough with Fenerbahce winning the game 83-67. The win secured 4th spot for Fenerbahce on the Turkish Basketball League table guaranteeing them a home game to start the finals series. Dave played 13 minutes scoring four points, grabbing four offensive and one defensive rebound and one assist. Bo McCalebb top sciored for Fenerbahce with 18 points and Kaya Peker grabbed the most rebounds with two offensive and five defensive for a total of seven. Fenerbahce finished the regular season with 24 wins and 6 losses and with three more games to be played by other teams Fenerbahce can finish no lower than 4th and Galatasaray have finished top of the table with 27 wins and 3 losses.