Maker stars, Boomers in the Asian Cup final

Boomers Thon Maker put on another strong performance to lead Australia to a 85-76 win in the FIBA ​​Asia Cup semi-finals and final on Sunday in Jakarta.

The Tall Blacks cut Australia’s second-quarter lead from 16 points to two just over three and a half minutes ago after playing Kruz Perrott-Hunt’s four-point lead.

Meeker then hit the three-pointer clutch and two more William McDowell-White slammed the door on the Tall Blacks.

The Boomers advanced to the final against the winner of the second semi-final between Jordan and Lebanon.

Foxy, who was relatively calm in the first half, finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.

He halted another streak of the Tal Blacks in the third quarter, when he scored seven points in 44 seconds, after New Zealand smashed a 12-point lead to five points late in the third quarter.

The brilliant McDowell-White scored 15 goals, scoring four of seven three-point attempts.

His teammates, goalkeepers Therese Proctor and Mitch McCarron, numbered 13, and striker Keanu Bender 11.

The Boomers struggled again from the free throw line to score just seven out of 13 while New Zealand hit all seven of their attempts.

Although the Tall Blacks kept their rebound count by two, Australia scored more second-chance points by taking advantage of their offensive boards.

New Zealand led 5-2 early on but Australia asserted themselves as the first quarter advanced and moved up 23-19 after the quarter.

With Bender playing big games at both ends and Macaron rising offensively, Australia were 12th ahead in the first half and led by a similar margin in three-quarters of the time.

Big men Jordan Hunt and Sam Timmins each scored 16 goals for New Zealand and goalkeeper Flynn Cameron contributed 15.

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