Australia has 2 much chances to yet unafraid its archetypal large men's planetary medal.
And a matchup with the U.S. awaits.
Patty Mills scored 18 points, Australia utilized a 25-0 tally successful the 2nd fractional to crook a adjacent crippled into a runaway, and the Boomers bushed Argentina 97-59 connected Tuesday nighttime successful the 4th and last men's quarterfinal astatine the Tokyo Olympics.
Australia gave up 22 points successful the archetypal 10 minutes; it allowed 26 points successful the adjacent 25 minutes, remaining unbeaten astatine these Olympics and perchance closing the planetary vocation of Argentina's Luis Scola. The 41-year-old Scola, a five-time Olympian, hasn't said if he's going to proceed playing for the nationalist team.
He finished with 7 points, checking retired with 51.4 seconds near and getting a lengthy ovation — adjacent from the Australian players. Scola waved successful acknowledgement arsenic blue-and-white spotlights successful a motion to Argentina's colors flashed successful the arena, and the ovation continued until helium waved again.
Matisse Thybulle and Jock Landale each scored 12 for Australia, which got 11 from Joe Ingles and 12 from Nic Kay. The Boomers — who person ne'er medaled successful Olympic oregon World Cup contention — volition play the U.S. successful the semifinals connected Thursday. Australia bushed the Americans successful an accumulation past month, but is 0-15 all-time against the U.S. successful Olympic oregon World Cup matchups.
Nicolas Laprovittola scored 16 and Gabriel Deck added 12 for Argentina, which went 1-3 successful Tokyo. Argentina was wrong 54-48 with 2:07 near successful the 3rd 4th aft a 3-pointer from Nicolas Brussino, legitimately seeming similar it had a accidental of pulling disconnected the upset.
Not for long. Argentina missed its adjacent 11 shots, and by the clip it scored again the shortage had soared to 31 midway done the fourth.
Argentina led by 8 early, but the hurrahs ended there. A 19-4 tally that covered astir of the 2nd 4th enactment Australia up 37-28. The Boomers wouldn't way again, and simply ran distant successful the last 12 minutes.
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