First thing’s first. Slovenia beat Australia in a sensational win Friday 91-80, pushing the contending Boomers out of the tournament with team play, defense and confidence.
Australia had somewhat of a collapse Friday, and never recovered from trailing from the start. Not once did they take the lead, not once did they show the hustle, connection and confidence that it takes to win on this level. Surprisingly, they did not have what it takes to beat this Slovenian team today.
This despite having 10 NBA players vs. Slovenia’s one. Despite being among the favorites, showing great play in the First Round, 20 year old Josh Giddey fighting until the end and new Maverick Dante Exum with some great plays.