Edwina Tops-Alexander and Matt Williams have qualified for the final round of the individual showjumping competition as they eye Australia's first Olympic medals in the equestrian discipline. Oh, just an Argentine squad that went on to win gold with four of the same players that are on this year's team. Through six games, against several of the same opponents as America, Australia has made a greater percentage of their field goals than Team USA (51.7 percent to 48.6 percent) and assisted on a greater percentage of their field goals (80.4 percent to 72.5 percent).
The two sides will fight on Friday night (Saturday morning AEST) for a place in the gold medal game against either the US or Spain.
By no means does Australia have the flashiest team, but their Rio performances have oozed dominance. "Delly's still young, we've still got a pretty young group - apart from David", the forward said, referring to 36-year-old center David Andersen. He played sparingly in Australia's exhibition games over the summer, but was ready when the games started to count.
Patty Mills was a star (again) for the Boomers against Lithuania.
Now the Boomers head into a rematch with a Serbian team who pushed them as hard as any team in this tourney, before Australia managed to put them away in the fourth quarter.
THEY'RE all gunning for Olympic gold, but there's no doubt Australia's athletes come in many shapes and sizes.
It's the one with a roster loaded with skilled and experienced National Basketball Association players, an overall No. 1 draft pick, a backcourt featuring two guards with championship rings and a strong belief it can capture gold in Brazil. With Nic Batum and Juan Carlos Navarro both still on the roster for both teams, this game may get a bit chippy.
"It was important", Bogut said of the fast start.
But while hockey, water polo and beach volleyball has all gone by the wayside this Olympics for Australia, the Boomers have clearly stood out as the most consistent team of the nation's Games to date.
"We've always spoken about gold, and right now we're not satisfied", Lemanis said. The Aussie offense continues to run through Andrew Bogut, who only had six points, but also dished out six assists and collected seven rebounds. They will now play France in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. France, who finished third in Group A with a 3-2 record, is coming off a hard fought 100-97 loss to US on Sunday.
"The thing I appreciate the most with him - everyone sees his offence but he's really got into his defence at this tournament", said Lemanis.