Nathan Sobey drives to the basket in the World Cup qualifier against Taiwan.
Nathan Sobey drives to the basket in the World Cup qualifier against Taiwan. HAMISH BLAIR

Boomers too good for Taiwan in Melbourne

AUSTRALIA'S Boomers will advance to the second round of FIBA World Cup qualifying after recording a comfortable 88-68 victory over Taiwan in Melbourne.

The Boomers controlled Sunday's match from start to finish to remain undefeated with a 4-0 record in Asia zone Group B.

Australia is now guaranteed to finish in the top three of their group and a place in the next round of qualifiers, starting in September.

Making the most of their advantage under the basket, the Boomers took charge in the first half as they outscored Taiwan 32-8 in the paint, with the visitors only grabbing three rebounds in the first quarter.

Angus Brandt grabs the rebound over I-Chieh Su.
Angus Brandt grabs the rebound over I-Chieh Su. HAMISH BLAIR

Mitch Creek made all nine shot attempts to lead the Boomers with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Mitch McCarron scoring 11 points and centre Matt Hodgson adding 10 points.

Taiwan guard Chen Ying-Chun scored 13 points in the third quarter on his way to a game-high 22 points with Quincy Davis adding 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Both teams struggled to find the basket in the second quarter until Hu's third triple of the game cut the margin to eight points with five and a half minutes left in the half.

Nathan Sobey of Australia under pressure.
Nathan Sobey of Australia under pressure. HAMISH BLAIR

But a Nathan Sobey triple in the final seconds sent Australia ahead 47-25 at the main break.

The Boomers utilised their depth in the final quarter with the match in their keeping, Sobey providing the highlight with a spectacular one-handed alley-oop dunk.

The Boomers will complete the first round of FIBA qualifiers in June with away fixtures against Japan and the Philippines.

- AAP



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