Australia hammered Lithuania 90-64 to book a place in the Rio Olympics semi-finals thanks to a dominating performance from Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs.
Mills scored more than a quarter of the Aussie Boomers points, dropping 24 in the game, as the Australian side’s NBA stars put on a show. The Aussies five NBA players scored 71 of the team’s 90 points, to ensure progression from the quarter final stage.
It was an impressive game from Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes, as he put up 16 points off the bench, while the Milwaukee Bucks’ Matthew Dellavedova and Joe Ingles of the Utah Jazz added 15 and 10 points respectively.
New Dallas Mavericks summer addition Andrew Bogut also continued his impressive tournament form, filling the stat sheet with six points, seven rebounds and six assists, something Mavs fans will be hoping to see in the coming NBA season.
Australia have been the surprise package of this basketball tournament at the Rio Olympics, going 4-1 in the group stage prior to the quarter final victory, including almost shocking the heavy favourites, the USA, who they may face again if they reach the gold medal match.
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing afternoon for Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, who scored only six points as his Lithuanian team were dumped out by the Boomers.
The Aussie Boomers will now face either Croatia or Serbia in the semi-finals, knowing they will have the chance to at least compete for a medal, but you can be sure there is only one colour they are aiming for.