Australian Boomers vs Canada: Commonwealth Games Men’s basketball gold medal match, live scores, blog

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    Australia has the chance to take home two gold medals in basketball. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

    Match result:

    Australia cruised to the gold medal in style on Sunday, smashing Canada by 40 points.

    Final score
    Australia 87
    Canada 47

    Match preview:

    The Australian Boomers will be out to complete a perfect Commonwealth Games when they face shock qualifiers Canada in the gold medal match. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 11:30am (AEST).

    Australia haven’t yet lost a game at the Commonwealth Games, and their most likely challenger – New Zealand – failed to qualify for the final.

    It was a shock loss in the semi-final, to say the least, with Canada springing a huge surprise on the Tall Blacks, winning right on the buzzer.

    New Zealand played a poor game, but there is nothing to say they should have been challenged by Canada, who struggled against both the Boomers and Tall Blacks in the group stage of the tournament.

    Canada had already beaten Nigeria during the group stage, before getting over England in the qualifying final to book their spot against Paul Henare’s men.

    The Boomers, on the other hand, have been far from perfect, but are yet to lose a game.

    Australia were challenged by New Zealand in their second group game, with the Kiwis leading for three quarters before squandering it in the final.

    Their semi-final yesterday saw a thumping 57-point win over Scotland, who, like Canada not making it to the final, weren’t supposed to make it that far in the tournament.

    It’s hard to get a true reading on where Australia are at given they have only had one genuinely competitive game, but their backcourt and starting five haven’t dominated the way they would be expected to at times.

    The third quarter against Scotland yesterday was their best of the tournament, and if they can build on that, the North American outfit won’t get close.

    Despite that, Canada will be full of confidence and given they beat a New Zealand team who outplayed the Aussies for three quarters yesterday, anything is possible.

    Like in the group stage, the Boomers will dominate from start to finish. Canada may have learnt a thing or two from that match, but their young and inexperienced team will be no match for the Boomers machine.

    Australia by 28.

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    • 1:42pm
      BrainsTrust said | 1:42pm | ! Report

      The scheduling has been ridiculous.
      There was a 4 day gap between the quarter and semi finals.
      Australia had a big advantage with a soft match against Scotland yesterday.
      Canada and New Zealand either would have been beaten easily after yesterdays match.
      Not that it mattered for the result it was too much of a walk in the park.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 1:12pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me this afternoon on The Roar for our live coverage of the Commonwealth Games.

      This is the final day of the Games and with the end of this one, it wraps up a busy 11 days for myself. Been great to cover such a wide range of sports, so hopefully you have enjoyed it all.

      I’ll be back at 2pm (AEST) for live coverage of the Panthers and Titans in the NRL.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 1:10pm | ! Report

      Thoughts on the match and tournament then Roarers?

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 1:09pm | ! Report

      Well, the Boomers are champions of the Commonwealth. It was expected, and certainly not to easily without having to play New Zealand in the final, but they have put in a great performance.

      Every single player scoring for Australia. Chris Goulding led the way with 11.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 1:07pm | ! Report


      One more shot each, and this game will just run down to the end now. Australia dribble out the final 22 seconds and the Boomers are Commonwealth Games champions.

      It’s been an excellent 12 months for this NBL-led Aussie team. Chalk up the FIBA Asia Cup, a four and zero record to start their World Cup qualifying campaign and now this.

      Australia – 87
      Canada – 47

      • 1:08pm
        Damo said | 1:08pm | ! Report

        Thanks for all the bball calls and banter Scott. See you soon.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 1:05pm | ! Report

      Q4 1′

      Lead back to 40. Lovely finish in the paint from Brandt right there.

      Australia – 85
      Canada – 45

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 1:04pm | ! Report

      Q4 1′

      Kapinga with a miss, then it’s Norton into the paint. He misses and it’ll be Canada the other way. Offensive foul against Mukama as he knocks Sobey over in the paint.

      Australia – 83
      Canada – 45

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 1:04pm | ! Report

      Q4 2′

      Gap cut to 35, but then straight back out to 38. Great answer from Wagstaff.

      Australia – 83
      Canada – 45

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