June 28, 2012
Energetic: The Boomers' Matthew Dellavedova scored a team-high 12 points. Photo: Getty Images
THE Boomers needed a third-quarter wake-up call to depart for the Olympic Games on a winning note.
A patchy 79-58 victory gave Australia a clean sweep in its three-match men's basketball series against Greece in Geelong last night.
But a sloppy third quarter - in which the Boomers scored just six points and let a double-digit lead slip to five going into the final period - was a cause for concern.
Despite plenty going wrong, especially on offence, Australia was able to conjure victory, though not with the convincing manner of its previous two games.
Star guard Patty Mills struggled from the perimeter, shooting one of seven three-point attempts.
Instead, the energy when required came from back-up guard Matthew Dellavedova, who scored a team-high 12 points.
Australia led 15-13 at quarter-time and looked on its way to another comfortable triumph when it hit three three-pointers from midway through the second quarter to open up a 17-point half-time lead.
Greece, which brought far more energy than in its two previous uncompetitive efforts in the series, then forced the Boomers into errors in the third quarter, outscoring the Boomers 18-6.
After a three-quarter-time bake from skipper Matt Nielsen, Australia stepped up with a far more committed and disciplined end to the match. The margin was made more flattering with two late three-pointers to Peter Crawford.
Nikolaos Pappas and Georgios Bogris scored 16 points each for Greece.