Australia Names National Team for Second Window of FIBA Asian Qualifiers
With a 2-0 slate from the first window of the Asian Qualifiers in November last year, the Boomers are eager to retain their clean slate by naming an almost identical squad for the second window of the Asian Qualifiers.
The twelve man squad for the Boomers is composed of: Angus Brandt, Jason Cadee, Mitch Creek, Cameron Gliddon, Chris Goulding, Matt Hodgson, Nick Kay, Daniel Kickert, Kevin Lisch, Mitch McCarron, Nathan Sobey and Jesse Wagstaff.
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Head coach Andrej Lemanis wants the squad to quickly muster up its on-court cohesion despite the small time for preparing.
“Continuity is important in the team, especially with the limited preparation time in the FIBA windows,” said Boomers head coach, Andrej Lemanis as stated in Basketball Australia.
Looking ahead in the second window, the Boomers will host the visiting Philippine team. Known as “Gilas Pilipinas”, the Philippine team is known to play uncanny with their offense and it presents a unique opponent for the Australians.
“The unique challenges that the Philippines present have definitely been part of the discussion and selection process,” said Lemanis.
“Basketball is the number one sport in the Philippines, they produce highly skilled players and play well together as a team.
“Our assistant coaches have spent a lot of time gaining an understanding of how they play and the specific talents of their playing group. We feel that we have selected a team that will enable us to negate some of their individual and team strengths as well as hopefully causing a few challenging match-ups for them.”
The qualifying games will be played in Melbourne’s Margaret arena where the Boomers will host the Philippines in 22 February and then Chinese Taipei on 25 February 2018.