Boomers secure Commonwealth Gold Rush for Australia

Australia used smothering defense to defeat Canada 87-47 and win the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games men’s basketball gold at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday 15 April.

Canada entered the game after a thrilling semifinal upset over New Zealand but could not get going offensively against Australia’s active defenders.

The hosts allowed just 19 points in the first half, including a stretch of seven minutes, 41 seconds spanning the first and second quarters in which Canada did not score.

On the offensive end, Australians Chris Goulding, Nicholas Kay and Nathan Sobey all tallied double figures. Guard Munis Tutu led Canada with 10 points.

Canadian hero Mamadou Gueye, whose buzzer-beating three-pointer in the semifinal lifted his team to the gold medal game, left with a right shoulder injury with two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Australia finished the tournament undefeated and remains the only nation to win Commonwealth Games basketball gold after taking top spot in both the men’s and women’s tournaments in Melbourne 2006 and GC2018.

The silver is Canada’s first Commonwealth Games basketball medal

 Photography by Robert Fletcher

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