1992 Men's Olympic Basketball

1992 Men's Olympic Baskeball

1991 Oceanic Basketball Championship -New Zealand

Game 1: Australia-New Zealand 96-79 (50-35 HT) AUS 1-0 lead

Game 2: New Zealand-Australia 57-74 (30-25 HT) AUS wins 2-0, gains Olympic berth


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Missing all stats, Australia roster.  I do have a couple of article from this tournament.  I will post them as soon as I can.

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The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia)

June 2, 1991 Sunday
Late Edition




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DAMIAN Keogh, itching for a shot at a third Olympic Games at Barcelona next year, is hellbent on sending a clear message to arch rivals New Zealand in Wellington this week.

"The Boomers are going to wipe the Kiwis off the floor in two games straight," a determined Keogh declared. "There's just too much at stake to take the New Zealanders lightly."

With a berth in Barcelona up for grabs in the best-of-three Oceania elimination series starting on Tuesday, Keogh has been in the best form of his distinguished career.

While careful not to underestimate the Kiwi opposition, the Kings'co-captain led the Boomers' scoring in the three-match series against Italian hot shots Bologna last month in the build-up to this week's tournament.

"From all reports, the New Zealanders are in a rebuilding phase. I understand they've gone for youngsters who have had a taste of American college basketball," Keogh said.

"So while they may be an unknown quantity and despite that we will be playing in their gyms, we should still qualify. The stakes are pretty high."

Keogh's form has come on in leaps and bounds under Adrian Hurley's coaching in the Boomers' five-man back court rotation.

"While Australia have always had good guards, we've been blessed with a much taller front court, an aspect of our game which has stopped us from lifting our overall world ranking," he said.

"But with Mark Bradtke, Ray Borner, John Dorge and Luc Longley, we now boast the manpower to take on anyone.

"Let's not forget it wasn't all that long ago when we had to rely on Larry Sengstock, at 198cm, to play the post.

"Now we've got genuine seven-footers who can intimidate opponents when the traffic under the boards gets heavy."

Sports Shorts

BYLINE: By The Associated Press

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Andrew Gaze, formerly of Seton Hall, scored 25 points Tuesday night, leading Australia to a 96-79 victory over New Zealand in an Olympic Games qualifying series basketball game.

Andrew Vlahov, ex-Stanford forward, had 23 points for the winners.

The second game of the three-game series to decide the Oceania zone qualifier for the 1992 Barcelona Games tournament will be played Wednesday night.

Herald Sun

June 5, 1991 Wednesday


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AUSTRALIA beat New Zealand 96-79 in the first Olympic basketball qualifying match at Wellington last night.

Scorers: Australia - Andrew Gaze 25, Andrew Vlahov 23, Ray Vorner 15, John Dorge 10. NZ - Warwick Meehl 24, Peter Pokai 14, Michael Hurring 11, Byron Vaetoe 11.

Boomers 1-0 up after struggle


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WELLINGTON: Australia's men's basketball team repelled a gritty New Zealand performance to win the first Olympic Games qualifying match 96-79 here last night.

Australia went one-up in the best-of-three series but was not as dominant as expected after finishing seventh at last year's world championship in Argentina.

The New Zealanders were slightly overwhelmed by the sheer physical power of Australia in the opening quarter and often struggled to put shots up.

The Kiwis were not helped by a knee injury, after a heavy fall, to captain Glen Denham in the opening quarter which forced him from the court.

He had been guarding Australian dangerman Andrew Gaze, who relished the greater freedom after Denham's departure.

Gaze and fellow forwards Andrew Vlahov and Ray Borner were dominant early for Australia, converting a string of three-pointers.

But the New Zealanders came back strongly in the second half and stemmed the flow when Australia threatened to run away to a large winning margin.

Australian coach Adrian Hurley was not happy with his team's performance.

"We were lacklustre and lost our way defensively in the second half," he said.

"But after a tiring schedule to get here, we're going to have a sleep in tomorrow and hope for better things in tomorrow night's match."

Hurley singled out Vlahov, Borner and Phil Smyth as the Boomers' best.

Australia can wrap up the best-of-three series with a win in Palmerston North tonight.

New Zealand coach Keith Mair praised his side's performance.

"One of our aims was to close the gap on them which we've done," he said.

"Last time we played them we lost by 50-60 points."

AUSTRALIA 96 (Andrew Gaze 25, Andrew Vlahov 23, Ray Borner 15, John Dorge 10) d NEW ZEALAND 79 (Warwick Meehl 24, Peter Pokai 14.)

Kiwis find a friend in Hurley

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AUSTRALIAN basketball coach Adrian Hurley was full of praise for New Zealand's efforts despite their two-Test defeat in the Oceania Olympic games qualifying series.

The Boomers secured a place in the Barcelona Olympics with a tight 74-57 win over New Zealand in the second match of the qualifying series at Palmerston North last night.

New Zealand's record against Australia in recent years has not been encouraging with the last three encounters before this series resulting in 50 to 60-point losses.

Hurley believes this has now changed after Australia won both matches this week by 17 points.

"I think the days are gone when we could just come over here and assume we were going to win," he said.

"I really think Kiwi basketball has come on, particularly with their national league and their national team program." Hurley said if the New Zealanders played away from home it would help them to learn to play under pressure.

This was one area where their game suffered in recent matches, particularly in the second Test, when at one stage they had a 13-point advantage.

Hobart Mercury

June 6, 1991 Thursday


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Barcelona beckons Boomers Palmerston North THE Boomers secured a place in the Barcelona Olympics with a tight 74-57 win over New Zealand in the second match of the Oceania Olympic Games qualifying series last night.

Australia's men's basketball team followed on a 96-79 first-up win in the best-of-three series in Wellington last night with another below-par, yet dominant, performance.

"I'm very relieved," Australian coach Adrian Hurley said.

"I was very proud of our boys. We got ourselves into a hole in the first half by being very tentative in some ways and very rash in other ways and the New Zealanders played very, very well." Strong New Zealand defence kept the Boomers out of closeshooting range in the first term, and the Ausssies' long shots were often wayward.

However, Australia regained some control towards the end of the half with strong performances from Andrew Vlahov, Mark Bradtke and Damian Keogh.

The Boomers managed to keep New Zealand scoreless for six of the final seven minutes of the half as they took control after the early problems.

Australian dangerman Andrew Gaze was kept scoreless for the first half.

However, as New Zealand's defence began to fall away, the Australians found more gaps to exploit.

Once in the lead, the game belonged to the Boomers, who showed more discipline and composure than the Kiwis.

The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia)

June 9, 1991 Sunday
Late Edition




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OLYMPIC basketball coach Adrian Hurley faces a major selection headache as he prepares his charges for Barcelona next year.

While the Australians disposed of New Zealand in two straight rubbers last week to qualify as Oceania's representatives in Spain, Hurley has the daunting knowledge that he left "the best" behind.

Hurley's best is rugged man-mountain Luc Longley, a 2.2m centre who has spent the past four years rounding off his basketball education at the University of New Mexico.

Longley, rated among the top six American college centres and an integral part of the Boomers' shot for their first Olympic medal, is set to go one step further and make the NBA ranks this month, something which has eluded both Melbourne's Andrew Gaze and Adelaide's Mark Bradtke.

"The boy is very hot property," said Hurley. "Longley has been over on the West Coast fine-tuning his game under the coaching of former NBA hot shot centre Bill Walton.

"All indications are that he will be one of the first picked up at the NBA draft later this month."

Gaze, one of the all time National Basketball league greats, was considered unlucky to be cut by the Seattle Supersonic's last year after impressive pre-season performance.

Bradtke, another key figure in Hurley's Olympic campaign, missed making the Portland Trail Blazer roster but has been invited back for a second trial before the start of the 1991-92 season.