Kings star debut in Boomers’ wins

MAKING his international debut last Thursday, Sydney Kings star Jordi Hunter has helped the Australian Boomers survive a scare in their opening game of FIBA Asia Cup by erupting in the fourth quarter to register a come-from-behind 85-71 win against South Korea.

Australia also kept Indonesia winless on Sunday by way of a 106-51 beatdown at the Indonesia Arena in Jakarta, becoming the second team to score a hundred points in this window.
In the first match, Australia trailed by two points at three-quarter time but scored 32 points in the final term to emerge as 14-point victors.
South Korea was in the lead for almost 30 minutes of the clash, but the Boomers’ smashing final quarter meant the reigning Asia Cup champions were prevented from a surprise defeat.
“I just really enjoy the group,” said Boomers coach Brian Goorjian – who coached the Kings to three championships in the early 2000s.
“There’s been an energy and excitement and appreciation of wearing the green and gold.
“We knew coming into this game that it was gonna be patchy on the offensive end since you only got a couple of days together.
“This is one of the teams that are the big ones. We got a lot of contributions from a lot of people.”
Both the wins have made Australia the lone leader in Group A with a 2-0 record.
The Sydney Kings next take on New Zealand Breakers in the sudden-death Play-In Qualifier at Qudos Bank Arena on Wednesday from 7.30pm which potentially could be their last home game in Sydney for NBL24.