Australia beats New Zealand 84-77 in Oceania Championships

Australia’s Joe Ingles goes up for a shot on New Zealand’s Kirk Penney, the Boomers would take the game 84-77.Sydney, Australia- Playing in a home-and-away series, Australia defeated New Zealand 74-67 in the first game of the 2009 Oceania Championships.

Australia went into the fourth quarter trailing by three points, but Joe Ingles would catch fire and score ten straight points in 90 seconds to help the Aussies take control of the game.

The Boomers would go from the three-point deficit to a nine-point lead outscoring their rivals 23-13 in the final period and take the first match of the two-game series.

Ingles would end up with 26 points to lead the Aussies.  Brad Newley added 13 points and Nathan Jawai of the Dallas Mavericks, was big underneath for the Aussies putting up 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Kirk Penney led the Tall Blacks of New Zealand with 23 points, and Alex Pledger added 16.

(discuss the 2009 Oceania Championships)

With the win, New Zealand must now defeat the Boomers in the next game by seven or more points in order to claim the Ramsey Shield. Obviously a loss would give the title to the Aussies, but also a NZ win of seven points or less would end with the same result.

If New Zealand ends up defeating Australia by seven points, the same as Australia defeated them, a tie breaker would have to go into effect. According to FIBA Oceania’s website:

“an extra period of five minutes will be played until the points difference is more or less than 7 points. If the Tall Blacks are in the lead at the end of the extra period, but by more than 7 points, they take the series, but ff the Tall Blacks are still leading at the end of extra time by less than 7 points, all prizes go the Boomers.”

The next, and final, game will be played in Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday, August 25, 2009.

Both the Boomers and Tall Blacks have already qualified for the 2010 World Championships, so  this year’s Oceania Championships are more about the Trans-Tasman bragging rights, and higher seeding in next year’s World Championships.

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