DONGGUAN, CHINA – Australia showed it can do damage by ending the Americans’ 78-game winning streak in a warm-up game just over a week ago.
On Tuesday in Group H, the Boomers defeated Senegal 81-68 to improve to 2-0 and move a step closer to making the second round. Senegal is 0-2.
Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs led Australia with 22 points, but Joe Ingles of the Utah Jazz was the game’s top player with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Ingles was one assist away from a triple-double, which a FIBA official told him would have been a first in the World Cup.
“I didn’t know that, but even though I do know it now it still doesn’t bother me,” he said. “The only goal today was to win the game and that’s all our focus.”
It was not that easy despite Ingles’ big numbers.
Australia led 36-33 at the half and struggled with the tall African team. Senegal has nine players at least 202 cm or taller. And four at 208 cm or taller.
“That could be the tallest overall team that we’ve played against in my time as coach,” Australia coach Andrej Lemanis said.
Added Ingles: “That first half, they kind of had us on our back foot a little bit. We had to come in at halftime and address a few things.”
Xane Dalmeida led Senegal with 14 points in a game the Africans kept surprisingly close.
New Zealand 93, Montenegro 83
In Nanjing, New Zealand downed Montenegro to move to 1-1 in Group F. Montenegro is 0-2.
Dominican Republic 70, Germany 68
In Shenzhen, the Dominican Republic improved to 2-0 and Germany fell to 0-2 in Group G.
Victor Liz led the Dominicans with 17 points and Eloy Vargas added 16 as the Caribbean team prepares to head to the second round. Dennis Schroder was Germany’s top scorer with 20, and Daniel Theis added 12.
In Other Games
Lithuania 92, Canada 69
Brazil 79, Greece 78
Group A: Cote d’Ivoire (0-2) vs. Poland (2-0); Venezuela (1-1) vs. China (1-1).
Group B: South Korea (0-2) vs. Nigeria (0-2); Russia (2-0) vs. Argentina (2-0).
Group C: Puerto Rico (1-1) vs. Tunisia (1-1); Spain (2-0) vs. Iran (0-2).
Group D: Angola (0-2) vs. Philippines (0-2); Italy (2-0) vs. Serbia (2-0).
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5