'B team' Boomers claim big scalp ahead of Tokyo

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Melbourne United's Chris Goulding had a cleanable night, and Australia had different awesome pre-Olympic showing today.

Goulding scored 21 points — making each 7 of his changeable attempts, each from three-point scope — and Australia rolled past Nigeria 108-69 successful an accumulation contiguous successful a matchup of the two teams that person already beaten the USA successful Las Vegas.

Australia (3-0 successful Las Vegas) had six players successful treble figures and did truthful connected a nighttime erstwhile the Boomers gave 4 of their champion players — Joe Ingles, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Aron Baynes — the crippled disconnected to rest. All 4 are loaded with NBA experience.

"It's not close present astir winning games; that's down the road," Boomers manager Brian Goorjian Goorjian said aft the game. "It's astir learning and getting better.

Matisse Thybulle of the Boomers (Getty)

"And since the 2nd fractional of the USA game, I conscionable deliberation the team's starting to recognize what we request to bash and however we request to play to win."

Duop Reath scored 17 points, Nathan Sobey had 15, Jock Lansdale and Josh Giddey each added 14 and Josh Green finished with 11 for Australia.

The Boomers changeable 63 per cent from the field, 62 per cent from three-point scope and outscored Nigeria 54-24 from beyond the arc.

Josh Okogie and Obi Emegano each scored 10 for Nigeria, which fell to 2-1 successful its Olympic tune-ups.

Many fans had already dubbed today's Boombers' squad arsenic Australia's 'B team' owed to the fig of stars being rested.

Nigeria's caput manager Mike Brown admitted during the crippled that his side, which bolsters 8 progressive NBA players, believed they could rotation past the Boomers without breaking a sweat.

"For america tonight, we thought we were going to beryllium capable to locomotion successful present and instrumentality it to these guys," Brown said aft 1 4th against the weakened Boomers. "But these guys tin play."

Brown is besides nary alien to the hoops world, with astir 2 decades of coaching acquisition successful the NBA. The Nigerian caput manager astatine 1 signifier during his vocation was the antheral successful complaint of the LA Lakers during the Kobe Bryant epoch backmost successful the 2011-12 NBA season.

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