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Basketball Information 2023: Ali Hasan – A. Shukralla, Boomers, 2023 World Cup, Patty Mills

The Boomers cruised to a simple win over Bahrain nevertheless it was an opposition participant who stole the present — and felt the love — from an appreciative Melbourne crowd.

Certain, the Boomers gained simply, however the actual story of Australia’s Thursday evening World Cup useless rubber was the emergence of a cult determine within the opposition camp.

Australia, top of group F, hammered bottom-placed Bahrain 83-51 however probably the most fulfilling moments of the evening belonged to opposing ahead Ali Hasan – A. Shukralla on his jersey – a bloke with a dad-bod that rivals this scribe’s finely-tuned physique.

Rolled out throughout the third quarter, Hasan grabbed the rock and loped to the rack, the murmur of the group rising to a roar when he was fouled by Boomers captain Nick Kay.

As he stood on the free throw line, stone-faced, and calmly potted the primary free throw, the group roared even louder, star teammate Wayne Chism unable to cover his smile on the pure pleasure his teammate’s willpower had given these in attendance.

From that second on, each time Hasan touched the ball, the group went wild and, as he picked up his fifth foul and went to the bench late within the final, it hit fever pitch.

The 28-year-old household man performed it up, too, waving to the group and smiling on the bench, appreciative of the followers’ love.

Bahrain coach Racem Marzougui stated Hasan – who performs centre at simply 194cm – was no slouch on the court docket, possessing a excessive basketball IQ and his humour made him one of the well-liked members of the Bahraini camp.

“He play, not for himself, that is why they like him, all people,” Marzougui stated. “OK, huge physique, brief man however he play 5 place. In Bahrain, we don’t have a whole lot of huge man, let’s say the reality, however he play for his teammates, that is why they like him.

“He’s very humorous, they like him quite a bit and, even right this moment, the general public make him extra joyful to play on this competitors and to be on this stage.

“It’s not straightforward to play towards this aspect and all the general public shout for him.

“I feel if I get him out within the second they may push me out, the general public, that’s why I wait till he take the 5 fouls.”

As for the Boomers, they began out like a bunch of random hoopers who had solely been collectively for 4 days, surrendering an unlikely result in the basketball minnows.

Nevertheless it didn’t take lengthy for them to determine it out, lighting up Melbourne’s ‘burbs on the again of a three-point barrage from Wildcats, present and former, Todd Blanchfield and Rhys Obscure.

Every drained a trio of three-pointers within the first half because the Boomers took moments to erase the benefit and dialled up the defence to carry Bahrain to only 5 in a second-quarter blitz that inflated the result in 28.

So dominant had been the Aussies with out the ball in that second interval, a few of the Bahraini heaves on the finish of the shot clock had been extra akin to what you may see on the home courts, metres away in Wantirna South’s State Basketball Centre.

Bahrain’s clashes are useless rubbers – they’re backside of group F – and so they had each purpose to wave the white flag.

Nevertheless it was the Boomers who flailed within the third as the hassle dropped and execution disappeared, leading to 7-19 interval that trimmed the margin to 16 on the efforts of hulking centrepiece Wayne Chism.

Sport on? Not fairly.

The Boomers kicked again with a 34-8 burst that put it to mattress, leaving debut Australian coach Dean Vickerman with an ideal 1-0 file.

He referred to as the expertise of being a part of the nationwide program a privilege.

“It’s simply totally different, we do issues somewhat bit otherwise and it’s nice simply studying how this tradition is and I’m proud to be part of this household now,” Vickerman stated.

“It will get spoken about quite a bit at our membership with (Boomers) (Chris) Goulding and (David) Barlow and these guys who’ve been part of this for a very long time about how particular it’s.

“We had some ex-Boomers … speak to the group (they stated) enjoying Boomers’ basketball is the most effective, most-fun basketball that they’ve ever performed of their profession, wherever they’ve performed.

“To expertise it and have these guys actually step up and provides every part they’ve acquired defensively tonight – and we all know there’s some areas we are able to enhance on – simply completely privileged to put on an Australian jersey.”

Blanchfield topped all scorers with 20 factors and Isaac Humphries had 18 because the Boomers dominated the rebound rely, 53-37.

Chism was simply Bahrain’s finest with 15 factors, 11 boards and 4 blocks.


The Boomers’ path to the World Cup was nicely sealed earlier than Thursday evening’s win, however they nonetheless have one sport left Sunday.

They’ll face Kazakhstan again on the State Basketball Centre earlier than packing up store and ready for the actual stuff to start in late August.

Anticipate lots extra “Yeah, Toohey’s” from the bench as coach Dean Vickerman will hopefully seal the win and provides teenage wunderkind Alex Toohey a ton of burn.

He, together with practice on gamers Rocco Zikarsy, Ben Henshall and Alex Condon are the way forward for Australian basketball.

Ought to the Boomers even contemplate Ben Simmons for World Cup?

— Matt Logue and Michael Randall

The Boomers quest for back-to-back main medals is about to be a fair harder activity than their history-making Olympic effort regardless of the prospect of naming a squad loaded with its highest NBA illustration.

Australian basketball is surging after the Boomers ended a six-decade medal hoodoo with bronze on the Tokyo Olympics.

Nonetheless, as Australia’s expectations rise, so does the extent of worldwide expertise from all around the world.

A solid of the NBA’s best gamers are anticipated to play at this yr’s World Cup in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines in August and September, the unfold of expertise making the Boomers purpose immeasurably troublesome to attain.

The likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks/Greece), Luka Doncic (Mavs/Slovenia) and Nikola Jokic (Nuggets/Serbia) have all indicated a need to don their nation’s colors on the match.

Crew USA, in fact, might be loaded with expertise, irrespective of who chooses to play for the reigning Olympic gold medallists.

Boomers ahead Nick Kay is aware of the remainder of the world might be coming after the Australians following their bronze medal in Tokyo.

“We don’t have that underdog standing anymore, we’ve acquired a goal on our backs to go on the market and we have to carry out,” stated Kay, who will captain Australia on this week’s World Cup qualifiers towards Bahrain and Kazakhstan.

“We do have an opportunity of profitable a gold.

“The World Cup’s such an enormous match, you’ve acquired the most effective gamers all through the world from each crew and there’s such a deal with profitable that gold by so many international locations.”

Kay stated his aspect relished the added exterior expectation that comes with profitable Olympic bronze.

He believes the Boomers had all the time had the motto “gold vibes solely”, which means the best expectation had all the time come from inside.

“I assume it’s now simply that recognition a bit extra from others and with that comes an expectation to carry out and we wish that, we wish to have the ability to go on the market and say we’re the most effective crew on this planet and we’ve acquired to carry out that approach to take action,” he stated.

It comes as this yr’s projected No. 1 NBA draft decide Victor Wembanyama has declared he‘ll play for France on the World Cup.

Wembanyama will partake within the draft on June 22, and can begin coaching along with his chosen NBA crew, however he nonetheless plans to characterize his nation on the Cup.

“My purpose is to win medals and titles with France, and I’m actually excited for this window, the FIBA World Cup, 2024 Olympics and the numerous years after that I hope to compete on the highest stage with Les Bleus,” Wembanyama instructed FIBA Basketball.

“It’s crucial in my profession, and I wish to assist the crew win medals and titles for a few years to come back.”

Wembanyama’s intent to succeed for a French aspect coming off a silver on the Tokyo Olympics and bronze medals previously two World Cups, places the remainder of the hoops world on discover.

Crosscourt opted towards deciding on Ben Simmons in our greatest Boomers World Cup squad. Simmons is bereft of confidence on the Nets and presently isn’t the suitable match for Australia.

Crosscourt finest Boomers crew for the World Cup in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines from August 25 to September 10:

Patty Mills, Josh Giddey, Joe Ingles, Jock Landale, Josh Inexperienced, Aron Baynes, Matisse Thybulle, Nick Kay, Duop Reath, Dante Exum, Xavier Cooks, Chris Goulding

BOOMERS WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: State Basketball Centre, Wantirna South

Thursday 23 February, 7pm AEDT – Australia v Bahrain

Sunday 26 February, 3pm AEDT – Australia v Kazakhstan


Veteran referee Chris Reid is tipped to obtain a call-up for the NBL grand ultimate sequence, paving the way in which for him to come back face-to-face along with his largest critic, Sydney Kings coach Chase Buford.

Reid’s appointment comes a week-and-a-half after Buford stated, “Chris Reid sucks” on the published following an incorrect flopping name throughout Sydney’s Sport 2 semi-final loss to Cairns.

The Kings mentor was hit with a $1875 high-quality for 2 counts of unsportsmanlike behaviour, which included abusing the officers.

Buford’s tense relationship with Reid dates again to final season when the Kings mentor questioned the NBL official’s integrity.

He was fined $10,000 and handed a suspended one-match ban for insinuating Reid held a bias towards his crew and writing profanities on the officers’ door following an in depth loss to Illawarra.

Will probably be fascinating to see how Buford responds all through the grand ultimate sequence if Reid produces an incorrect name.

Sydney obtained some solace when Nico Fernandez – the referee who made the wrong flopping name on Kouat Noi – was dropped for final week’s Sport 3 semi-final conflict towards the Taipans.


The final time Sydney Kings defensive stud Justin Simon gained a championship he was a highschool pupil on the identical flooring as NBA-All-Star Donovan Mitchell.

Simon has come a great distance from his days at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire alongside Mitchell, however he’s but so as to add one other title to his trophy cupboard.

The Los Angeles-born taking pictures guard has did not safe silverware all through his school {and professional} profession, courting again to 2016.

Fortuitously for Simon, he has an opportunity to finish his championship drought with Sydney this season.

The Kings are favourites to beat the New Zealand Breakers on this yr’s sequence, which begins with Sport 1 at Qudos Financial institution Area on March 3.

Simon is feeling assured about including one other title to the highschool Prep Championship he gained alongside Mitchell.

“That Brewster Academy crew was particular, and it was a particular time in my life,” Simon stated.

“We had Donovan and Jalen Adams from UConn.

“It can even be one thing particular with this Kings group if we are able to win a championship.”


The second Justin Schueller was employed as Brisbane‘s head coach, change within the Bullets entrance workplace was sure.

Schueller, the gun Melbourne United assistant who has an extended historical past teaching the nation‘s finest junior expertise, has been handed a giant say within the membership’s personnel choices transferring ahead.

It meant that membership legend Sam Mackinnon – already at odds with chief govt Peter McLennan – was moved on, his position as basic supervisor of basketball made redundant.

Crosscourt understands roster management was a part of Schueller’s pitch to the Bullets when he interviewed for the job, and it is sensible – he’s been introduced in to rejuvenate the flailing program.

The Bullets made the error of constructing a roster with little enter from earlier coach James Duncan and it resulted, partly, to his departure, throughout a disjointed season that ended with simply eight wins.

Schueller begins his tenure with the constructing blocks of Boomers Aron Baynes and Nathan Sobey, whereas the membership has executed younger ahead DJ Mitchell’s possibility – they see a DJ Hogg-type ceiling within the 25-year-old ahead.

Crosscourt understands the Bullets plan to re-sign at the least another gamers from final yr‘s roster however are focusing closely on the recruitment of a blue-chip level guard to run the present as a part of the construct.


LeBron James continues to be one among Josh Giddey’s largest followers.

Twelve months after heaping Giddey with reward, James was at it once more throughout final week’s NBA All-Star when requested concerning the gifted Australian guard.

“Josh Giddey is actually, actually good, man,” James stated.

“Clearly, a tall level guard. He’s a triple-double-type of playmaker each single evening due to his capability to rebound at his dimension, his distinctive passing and he has the power to attain within the paint.

“I feel he’s going to proceed to get higher and higher.”

James believes Giddey’s youthful OKC Thunder aspect is destined for sustained success sooner or later.

The Thunder presently sit in tenth place within the Western Convention, only one win behind the ninth-placed Golden State Warriors.

OKC proceed to defy the chances, even with out No. 2 draft decide Chet Holmgren, who’s sidelined for the season with a foot harm.

“They’ve a extremely good younger core over in OKC,” James continued.

“They don’t even have Chet (Holmgren) there simply but.

“Josh is a extremely good participant, together with the opposite rookies that they’ve this yr.

“Clearly, we all know first-time (All-Star) Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander) is actually good and the remainder of that crew over there.

“Fairly good participant, for certain. You guys must be proud.”


Matt Logue

4-time Olympian Ray Borner has urged the Boomers to think about the longer term and blood rising huge man Rocco Zikarsky on this week’s World Cup qualifiers.

Borner is anxious about Australia’s top-layer of centre depth, particularly with Aron Baynes nearing the tip of his stellar profession.

Baynes, 36, might play in Paris 2024, however its tipped to be his ultimate Olympic marketing campaign.

The Boomers possess respectable depth by way of Jock Landale, Duop Reath and a solid of gifted juniors like seven-footer Bowyn Beatty, however the subsequent era bigs require extra polish and expertise to make the step up.

It’s why Borner desires to see 16-year-old Zikarsky – who has been named as a coaching participant – obtain game-time towards Bahrain and Kazakhstan given Australia has already certified for the World Cup.

“There’s nothing improper with placing in younger Rocco now,” stated Borner, a hard-nosed centre who represented the Boomers on the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympics.

“We all know he (Rocco) isn’t prepared but age sensible, nevertheless it’s price giving him some sport time to indicate him what it’s all about.

“It can solely assist along with his growth as a result of he’ll perceive roles and the crew’s tradition.

“He can actually develop up as a participant with the fellows round him within the Boomers squad, quite than simply coming in and the expectation is that you will be the person.”

Zikarsky, a Queenslander and NBA World Academy product who stands at 220cm, is presently on the NBL’s radar as a possible Subsequent Star.

He might be joined within the Boomers squad by fellow train-on gamers in Western Australian duo Ben Henshall and Alex Condon.

Henshall (guard) and Condon (centre) performed starring roles to guide their state to under-20 males’s glory on the nationwide championships in Geelong final week.

Each had 24 factors apiece within the gold medal sport as they showcased why they’re among the many nation’s finest basketball prospects.

Borner is rapt to see the following era Boomers given an opportunity to shine.

He understands the significance of blooding rising gamers after seeing Russia give a younger Arvydas Sabonis a shot in 1982, paving the way in which for him to change into an Olympic gold medallist and Corridor of Famer.

“Sabonis was round 16 on the time and he was on the tip of the bench,” he stated.

“The crew would go in for halftime and he’d be out on the court docket taking pictures round.

“We noticed him, we knew he wasn’t prepared, however he was nonetheless a part of that progress and journey.

“I feel our younger Boomers gamers can even profit from enjoying nonetheless if we give them an opportunity.”

BOOMERS WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: State Basketball Centre, Wantirna South

Thursday, February 23 vs Bahrain

Sunday, February 26 vs Kazakhstan

Mitch McCarron (36ers), Mitch Norton (Wildcats), Nathan Sobey (Bullets), Kyle Adnam (Phoenix), Nick Marshall (36ers), Dan Grida (Hawks), Todd Blanchfield (Wildcats), Alex Toohey (ACT, Gonzaga), Rhys Obscure (Kagawa 5 Arrows, Japan), Mason Peatling (United), Isaac Humphries (United), Nick Kay (Shimane Susanoo Magic, Japan)


Rocco Zikarsky (NBA GA), Alex Condon (WA), Ben Henshall (WA)

Initially printed as Boomers hammer Bahrain 83-51 in World Cup qualifier



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