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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The Sun Herald (
KEOGH GIVES A WARNING TO KIWIS
BYLINE: PETER KOGOY
SECTION: SPORT; Pg. 82
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DAMIAN Keogh, itching for a shot at a third Olympic Games at
"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
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
"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.
"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."
BYLINE: By The Associated Press
SECTION: Sports News
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Andrew Vlahov, ex-Stanford forward, had 23 points for the winners.
The second game of the three-game series to decide the
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Boomers 1-0 up after struggle
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The New Zealanders were slightly overwhelmed by the sheer physical power of
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
But the New Zealanders came back strongly in the second half and stemmed the flow when
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.
"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
Kiwis find a friend in Hurley
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AUSTRALIAN basketball coach Adrian Hurley was full of praise for
The Boomers secured a place in the Barcelona Olympics with a tight 74-57 win over
Hurley believes this has now changed after
"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.
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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.
The Boomers managed to keep
Australian dangerman Andrew Gaze was kept scoreless for the first half.
Once in the lead, the game belonged to the Boomers, who showed more discipline and composure than the Kiwis.
The Sun Herald (
BOOMERS' BEST YET TO COME
BYLINE: PETER KOGOY
SECTION: SPORT; Pg. 88
LENGTH: 304 words
OLYMPIC basketball coach Adrian Hurley faces a major selection headache as he prepares his charges for
While the Australians disposed of
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
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
"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.