Boomers finish in Nice with a win

The Boomers will head to Strasbourg on a winning streak after beating France in their third game in Nice overnight.

The Boomers were down by seven points heading into the final quarter but an 11-3 run by the Aussies saw them take the win 76-74.

Dave played 24 minutes and scored six points, grabbed one offensive and two defensive boards for the game.

Baynes was again the top scorer for the Boomers with 21 points for the game.

The Boomers have five days before their next game which is at Dave’s home court from last season, Strasbourg.

Boomers in Europe

The Airbnb Boomers kicked off their pre-FIBA World Cup campaign in Lithuania on August 8 against Finland.

After a gruelling 48 hours in transit from Australia to Eastern  Europe, the Boomers trailed by 13 points midway through the second quarter.

After a strong fight back, the Boomers got to within three at the major break and walked away eventual winners 100-95.

The second game in Lithuania saw the Boomers take on Ukraine on August 9.

Dave played 21 minutes scoring 13 points, two offensive and two defensive rebounds and one assist.

Dante Exum top scored with 14 points for the winning Boomers who rolled the Ukraine 75-60.

Game three was going to be a tough one, playing Lithuania on their home court in Klaipeda.

The two teams are set to face each other in the Group D game three of the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Dave played 24 minutes, top scoring with 19 points, five defensive rebounds and one assist.

The home team took the win 91-78 and the Boomers headed off to Helsinki for the Finland Invitational on August 13.

Finland was looking to settle the score after losing to the Boomers in Lithuania.

The game went into overtime and Finland were eventual winners 87-81.

Dave played 19 minutes, scoring six point, three defensive rebounds and three assists.

Aaron Baynes top scored for the Boomers with 22 points in 25 minutes shooting at 91 percent.

The Boomers then made their way to Nice, France, for a three game tournament starting on Saturday August 16.

Game one saw the Boomers take on Ukraine and notch up another win 74-65.

Dave played 16 minutes and grabbed one defensive rebound while fellow Frankstonite, Ryan Broekhoff top scored for the Boomers with 15 points in 10 minutes.

The second game of the Nice tournament saw the Boomers take on the Philippines on Sunday August 18.

The Boomers took the game comfortably with a 97-75 win with Dellavedova and Baynes equal top scoring with 17 points each.

The third and final game in Nice will be played against France before the Boomers head to Strasbourg to play Finland and France again on August 23 and 25.

These will be the last two games for the Boomers before they head to the Spanish island of Gran Canaria to play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Games start on August 30 and will be televised on ABC2 live!

Dave named in World Cup team

Having represented Australia at three Olympics and five major international tournaments, Dave Andersen is donning the green and gold again to play in the FIBA world cup.

Proud and excited to be named in the team, Andersen says the feeling never gets old.

“I’m glad to be a part of it another time ’round,” Andersen said.

The team was announced at the end of a training camp on the Gold Coast with Andersen enjoying the opportunity to train with his Aussie team mates.

With an exciting mix of old and new players named to represent Australia, Andersen knows the responsibility of being the veteran on the team.

“I am the veteran of the team so I have to show leadership and a calm and steady head, especially in tough times.

“Body wise, I’m in good shape and looking forward to playing in the World Cup,” Andersen said.

With roles being defined within the team as they progress through the pre-tournament games, Andersen is hoping to help the team out anyway he can to make their World Cup challenge successful.

“With our lead up tournaments it will be good, games back to back to make it similar format.

” Then it’s about getting body into good shape leading up (to the World Cup), so lots of work on and off court,” Andersen said.

Bringing a team together for a tournament is no easy feat, with everyone making sacrifices for the good of the team, Andersen says there is a good chemistry in the team which makes it a lot easier.

” We build a good team culture with clear targets about the team success, so everyone gets on the same page quickly.

“Saying that we have a core group of guys who have played together before with Australia, so this helps to bring along the newer guys into the culture.”

The Airbnb Boomers are playing their final two pre-World Cup games in Strasbourg on Dave’s home court last season, he is looking forward to a return to the court, hopefully in front of some SiG fans.

“Hopefully we get a good crowd and can put on a good show for them.”

Limoges take series

Limoges have wrapped up the LNB Pro A Series finals 3-0 with a three point win in game three against SIG overnight.  SIG held a one point lead at half time but with two 19-17 final quarters, the home team won the match and the series, 73-70.  Dave played 32 minutes, scoring second highest for SIG with 13 points and top rebounds for his team with 10 boards (2 offensive 8 defensive) for the game.  Another double-double from Dave that has seen him finish off the season in top form.  Jeremy Leloup top scored for SIG with 16 points.

Dave’s double-double

Dave posted a double-double in game two of the final series against Limoges on Monday June 2 but his 17 points and 10 rebounds and two assists still couldn’t get the win for SIG.  The first quarter saw Limoges lead 18-11.  A 26-16 second quarter by SIG saw the home team head into the major break with a three point lead.  Limoges outscored SIG in the second half, 40-31 to win the match, 74-68, and take a 2-0 final series lead.  Game three will be played at Limoges home court on Thursday June 5 and is a must win for SIG to stay in the finals series.

Game one of finals

SIG hosted Limoges in game one of the LNB Pro A finals series on Saturday May 31.  Unfortunately, a 7-18 second quarter saw the home team with a 12 point deficit at half time which they could not get back. Limoges won the first game of the series, 77-65.  Dave played 36 minutes and scored 14 points, grabbing team high rebounds of nine for the game (1 offensive 8 defensive) and two assists.  Louis Campbell top scored for SIG with 15 points.  Game two of the best of five finals series will be held in Strasbourg on Monday June 2.

SIG through to finals

SIG Basketball won the fifth and deciding semi-final against Nancy on Wednesday May 28, 70-58, securing themselves a spot in the LNB Pro A finals.  Dave played 37 minutes in game five, shooting 15 points, grabbing four rebounds (1 offensive 3 defensive) and four assists.  Bootsy Thornton top scored for SIG with 17 points while Louis Campbell had 10 assists for the game.  SIG held a one point lead at half time and a 21-11 third quarter saw the home team with and 11 point lead at the end of the third.  SIG will host game one of the LNB Pro A finals series on Saturday May 31 against Limoges.

SIG tie the series

SIG Strasbourg tied the semi-finals series against Nancy today with a stunning five point win over the home team.  The series will now go to a fifth and final game on Wednesday May 28 at Strasbourg to see who goes through to the final.  Dave played a big 34 minutes, making a double-double, with 12 points and 10 rebounds (one offensive and nine defensive) and three assists.  Jeremy Leloup top scored for SIG with 19 points for his 34 minutes on the court.  It was a tightly contested battle with SIG leading at the end of the first quarter by five points.  Nancy came out in the second and scored 20-14 taking a one point lead into the major break.  The third quarter saw Nancy extend the lead to six points but that didn’t stop SIG nailing a 20-9 final quarter and winning the game 57-62.  With the home court advantage for the deciding game, SIG fans will be out in full force to cheer their team to a spot in the final.