Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 9/23/14
Good friend of Project Spurs, Mookie Schiralli of Bloguin's own A Stern Warning and And Rise, will be pitching in here at Project Spurs, covering Patty Mills' play with Team Australia at the FIBA Oceania Championships. Mookie is from "down under" and is an avid Australia Basketball fan with lots of knowledge on anything Australian basketball. Here is his recap from the recent Australia game versus New Zealand.   Patty Mills has led the Australian Boomers to a 70-59 victory in game one of the two-game FIBA Oceania Championships series against the New Zealand Tall Blacks in Auckland tonight. Despite trailing for almost three quarters of the game, the Boomers managed to pull away in the final quarter.   Mills powered the Boomers scoring throughout the first three quarters, contributing 18 of his 20 points on an array of predominately perimeter shots. The San Antonio Spurs sparkplug had three of his four steals in the final quarter as the Boomers made the decisive plays to put the game out of the plucky Tall Blacks' reach.    New Zealand started out the game aggressively, behind the confident offensive play of normally defensive-focused captain Mika Vukona (11 points, eight rebounds, five assists). The home team received scoring punch from shooting guard Corey Webster (14 points), despite a relatively quiet game by star swingman Thomas Abercrombie (who trialed this Summer with San Antonio, Milwaukee, Houston, Dallas and played with the Phoenix Suns 2013 Summer League squad).   The Boomers, without NBA bigs Andrew Bogut (Golden State Warriors) and Aron Baynes (Spurs), who rested with a hamstring niggle, still had plenty of firepower to show off. With Euro stars Joe Ingles and David Andersen doing their thing, NBA Summer League veteran Luke Nevill and youngsters on the NBA radar in Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum and Ben Simmons on the squad, coach Andrej Lemanis could throw plenty at the Tall Blacks.   Mills, the on-court, off-court and social media team leader for the Boomers, played 30 minutes in his usually energetic style. After the game he noted that the slow start to the game was to be expected, given the team had only been together for a week prior to the game. "We pride ourselves on our defensive enthusiasm. We didn't do that in the first half, but did it in the second half and got the win," Mills analyzed in the post-game television interview.   Next up the Boomers and Tall Blacks face up for the second half of the FIBA Oceania Championships at AIS Arena, Canberra, Australia on Sunday. The result will dictate seedings at the 17th FIBA Basketball World Cup to be held in Spain next year.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Irving scores career-high 55, hits game winner

FCS star QB considering transferring to Oregon

Gronk on interest in his partying: 'I'm a baller'

Jim Harbaugh looking to flip No. 1 quarterback recruit

Colts' suspension of Richardson voids $3.1 million

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Five players replacing the biggest names in Pac-12 for 2015

Report: Broncos hire Phillips as defensive coordinator

LeBron James misses Cavs-Blazers game due to wrist injury

Iceman: Thompson’s 37-point quarter doesn't break his record

Mayweather visited Pacquiao’s hotel room for private meeting

Seahawks GM: Russell Wilson's contract 'presents challenges'

Jimbo Fisher's extension could be worth $44 million

Morris twins investigated for possible assault

Padres are bringing back the brown pinstripes

Phil Jackson's old Knicks teams used to deflate balls

David Blatt: There should be more LeBron MVP talk

Richard Sherman, girlfriend expecting son during SB week

WATCH: Marshawn, Gronk play Mortal Kombat with Conan

Armstrong: I’d use PEDs again under same circumstances

Top five free agent quarterbacks

Report: NFL investigators to consult physicist on Deflategate

5 X-factors for Super Bowl XLIX

Best prop bets about the Super Bowl broadcast

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Blatt wants more LeBron MVP talk

Best Super Bowl ads of all-time

5 X-factors for Super Bowl XLIX

Ten worst teams to ever play in a SB

Six MLB teams going all-in on 2015

Patriots' keys to Super Bowl victory

Seahawks' keys to Super Bowl victory

DeflateGate ball could fetch $50K

Doug Baldwin ready for Revis Island

Top storylines for Super Bowl XLIX

Barnes unhappy with NBA over fine

Does MLB need more offense in the modern game?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.