Rio 2016: Australia chokes away chance to win first medal in basketball against Spain

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Rio 2016: Australia chokes away chance to win first medal in basketball against Spain

Australia followed up their choke job in the semifinals against Serbia with another choke job against Spain. The Spaniards beat the Australians in a hard-fought match, 89-88 to send the Boomers reeling after disappointing back-to-back games.

Sergio Rodriguez, the point guard for Spain who will suit up for the Philadelphia 76ers in the upcoming NBA season, hit two free throws to give the Spain the lead late in the game.

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Australia had a chance to steal the win and the bronze but ran out of time in their final play. This was Australia’s best chance to win any medal in the Olympics as they have never won anything at this level.

The Australians were considered by many experts to be one of the top teams to challenge the Americans for the gold medal after they fought Team USA in a close game in the group stage match.

Australia never got to the championship game after falling to Serbia, 87-61 in the semifinals. The Boomers beat the Serbians, 95-80 in the group stages but never found their game in the rematch in the final four.

The Australians wasted a great game from San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills, who had 30 points on 11-of-23 shooting. His new teammate in San Antonio, center Pau Gasol had 31 points and 11 rebounds.

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Rodriguez had 11 points and 5 assists while Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic added 14 points and 7 rebounds for Spain.

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