The Australian Matthew Dellavedova, below, fights for the ball with Martin Kriz from the Czech Republic. (AFP: Wang Zhao)
The Australian Boomers qualified for the semi-finals of the Basketball World Cup for the first time, after defeating the Czech Republic 82-70 in China.
- This with the sixth consecutive victory of the Boomer in China
- Patty Mills was the best again, scoring 24 points
- Australia has survived the World Cup "Death Group", including Canada, Senegal and Lithuania
The Boomers, who had never gone beyond the quarter-finals in 11 previous appearances, defeated the novices of the tournament Wednesday night and will meet Spain on Friday.
Meanwhile, France has upset the United States after winning the 89-79 and will also advance in the semifinals where it will face Argentina.
This was the sixth consecutive victory of Australia in China and, in doing so, they avoided becoming the last surprise victim in this unpredictable World Cup.
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Patty Mills of San Antonio Spurs was again the protagonist, leading the score with 24 points.
The 31-year-old guard also had six assists and four rebounds.
Argentina stunned Serbia's favorites on Tuesday, while reigning champions twice in the United States were dumped by France on Wednesday.
Australia Andrew Bogut, in the center, and Blake Schilb from the Czech Republic are fighting for the ball. (AFP: Wang Zhao)
Australia was Shanghai's favorite against the Czechs, who bravely resisted until the middle of the third quarter, when the Boomers increased the pressure.
Australia has survived the World Cup "Death Group", including Canada, Senegal and Lithuania, before beating the Dominican Republic and then the French semi-finalists.
Australian veteran Andrew Bogut was again booed by Shanghai fans with a tweet he wrote in July about Chinese swimming star Sun Yang.
Later he broke through the crowd with a dance as he left the field.
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