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Slam-dunking Semi Finals

22 Mar 06 07:05

Australia's Jason Smith drives down the court in front of an excited home crowd.

Australia's Jason Smith drives down the court in front of an excited home crowd.

The highly-fancied Australian Men's team has defeated England, 101-75, in a match that was neck and neck until the second half.

The first two quarters saw the lead change 11 times, and at half-time a hard-working England had kept to within four points of the Boomers, 50-46.

The second half saw Australia pull away with a 27-12 third quarter, as Jason Smith shot 11 points and Luke Kendall contributed eight.

Australia's coach Brian Goorijan said after the match, "I think we beat a pretty good team, an experienced older side. It was a scary game for us. Everybody is expecting gold. I think the team did it really well. We delivered.''

Jason Smith from Australia spoke excitedly about playing in front of a home crowd. "As soon as we walked in there was this huge eruption. And after a couple of  good shots they went crazy. It's great to be part of this," he said.

New Zealand has set up a mouth-watering gold medal showdown with Australia after a convincing 90-66 win over Nigeria in the Semi Finals of the Men’s Basketball.

New Zealand broke the game wide open in the second period to lead comfortably (50-33) at half-time.

Nigeria attempted to claw their way back in the third period, closing to within 10 points with the capacity crowd willing them back into the contest. But New Zealand hit back-to-back three-pointers to reassert his team's authority on the game.

New Zealand’s Aaron Olson was the game-high scorer with 25 points, including seven of 13 from beyond the arc. Nnadubem Muoneke led Nigeria's scoring with 18 points.

The Basketball competition at the Multi Purpose Venue (Melbourne Park) runs until 24 March.

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