The Australian Boomers have concluded their Basketball World Cup qualifying marketing campaign with a disappointing 85-74 loss to Iran.
Iran wanted a win to safe their spot in August’s World Cup in China, with the Boomers already secured of first place in Group F coming into the conflict in Tehran.
The house aspect introduced the depth from the opening tip and Australia quickly discovered themselves trailing by double-digits.
Eight turnovers within the first quarter wreaked havoc with their offence however they struggled simply as a lot on the different finish of the ground, unable to comprise Iran within the decide and roll.
Mangok Mathiang (six factors) did his greatest to spark the aspect, however Iran pushed their benefit out to 13 on the principal break.
Three-pointers from Mitch Creek and Tim Coenraad (six factors) early within the third time period in addition to some strong play from Emmett Naar (three factors, seven rebounds, six assists) once more gave the Aussies some hope.
Nevertheless, Iran had an prompt response every time, both pushing the ball in transition or getting second likelihood factors off essential offensive rebounds.
Creek (20 factors, 9 rebounds, 4 assists) scored six factors for the quarter and Weeks (eight factors, 5 assists, two steals) added some much-needed depth, however these efforts solely managed to chop the deficit to greater than two factors.
Australia couldn’t handle to get inside single-figures till, with three minutes remaining, Tom Wilson (16 factors) breathed life into the Boomers with three consecutive three-pointers.
He went on a private 9-2 run however the injury had already been completed as Iran consolidated their victory by means of Mohammad Jamshidi (25 factors) and Behnam Yakhchali (21 factors).
The World Cup draw takes place at 9.30pm (AEDT) on Saturday, March 16.
The following time the Boomers hit the courtroom will likely be at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne once they host the USA for 2 warm-up video games.