Boomers 2014 FIBA World Cup

The Airbnb Boomers are out of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup after a one point loss to Turkey in the Round of 16 this morning in Barcelona.

The Boomers led at every break but two three pointers inside the last minute from Turkey saw them steal the game, Boomers 64-65 Turkey.

Dave played 24 minutes in the game scoring six points with one offensive and two defensive rebounds.

Aron Baynes top scored for the Boomers with 15 points and seven rebounds.

After finishing third in Group D with three wins and two losses the Boomers advanced to the knockout Round of 16 traveling from Gran Canaria to Barcelona after their loss to Angola on Friday September 5 (Australian time).

Angola won the fifth and final Group D game 91-83 after the Boomers led at the end of every quarter.

The Boomers had already secured a spot in the Round of 16 so took the opportunity to rest some of their star players in the lead up to the knockout games in Barcelona.

Dave played 3.37 minutes in the first quarter and was then rested for the rest of the game.

Chris Goulding played 30 minutes for the Boomers top scoring for the team with 22 points and six defensive rebounds.

The  loss to Angola came off a 12 point win over Mexico the day before.

The Boomers secured their place in the Round of 16 with their third Group D win over Mexico, 70-62.

Dave played 21 minutes with six points, two offensive and five defensive rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Aron Baynes top scored for the Boomers with 21 points while Dave pulled in the most boards with a combined total of seven rebounds for the game.

The win over Mexico came on the back of a massive win over European powerhouse Lithuania the night before.

The Boomers came out firing to hold a 19 point lead over Lithuania at the major break in Gran Canaria.

Dave played 30 minutes scoring seven points, five defensive rebounds, two assists and one steal in the 82-75 win.

Joe Ingles top scored for the Boomers with 18 points while Aron Baynes pulled top rebounds for the team with three offensive and three defensive rebounds and 14 points.

The Boomers scored their first win of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup with a win over South Korea in game two of Group D on Sunday September 1.

The Boomers walked away with an impressive 34 point win, 89-55 after the loss to Slovenia in the opening game.

Dave played 18 minutes scoring five points, four offensive and four defensive rebounds and one assist for the game while Joe Ingles top scored with 17 points and Baynes grabbed six rebounds.

The opening game for the Boomers in the 2014 FIBA World Cup saw the Boomers suffer a 10 point loss to Slovenia.

Dave played 26 minutes scoring 14 points, one offensive and three defensive rebounds and one assist.

Aron Baynes top scored and pulled in the most rebounds for the Boomers with 21 points and seven rebounds.

France defeat Boomers

The Airbnb Boomers played their final game before the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Strasbourg overnight.

Playing France on home soil was never going to be an easy game and the French were out to settle the score after their narrow loss to the Boomers in Nice.

France held the lead at every change and walked away 23 point winners, 73-50.

Dave played 23 minutes scoring three points, grabbing four defensive rebounds, one assist and one block.

Aron Baynes was the only Aussie to score in double figures with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.

August 31 will see the Boomers played their first World Cup game in Gran Canaria against Slovenia.

All Boomers games will be broadcast live, AEST, on ABC2.

Boomers beat Finland

After a couple of days break, the Airbnb Boomers travelled to Strasbourg to play their final two pre-2014 FIBA World Cup games.

Playing Finland for the third time in two weeks, the first quarter finished with the Boomers up by two points (15-13).

The Boomers stepped up to lead by 16 points at half time and finished the game 23 point victors, 80-57.

Dave posted a double-double with 10 points (5-7 FG), shooting at 71 percent and 10 defensive rebounds and two assists in just under 21 minutes on the court.

Ryan Broekhoff top scored for the Boomers with 14 points, Aron Baynes was second top scorer with 13 points six rebounds and three assists.

The Boomers play France on Sunday August 24 in Strasbourg before heading to the 2014 FIBA World Cup.


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.

Aron 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.