With the Boomers’ 2023 FIBA World Cup fourth qualifying window set to tip off in the early hours of Friday morning for Australian viewers, here’s everything you need to know.
Set your alarms (or don’t sleep…) for game one of Australia’s two-game series, where the Boomers have travelled to and will take on Bahrain at 2am AEST this Friday morning.
This fourth window opens the second round of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, with windows 1-3 having formed the first round. The Boomers will look to remain undefeated as they prepare to face Bahrain, who enter the qualifiers with a 2-4 record.
Luke Travers, Dejan Vasiljevic, Alex Toohey and Rory Hawke are set to rep the green and gold for the first time on the international trip and won’t have to wait too long before playing on home turf, with the Boomers’ second game bound for Bendigo.
Hailing from Townsville, Hawke, Sam Froling and Mitch Norton will also reunite on the senior national team, with the three having played their junior basketball at Townsville’s Blackstars Basketball Club.
It’ll be a quick turnaround for Coach Mike Kelly and his Australian team, who will land back in Melbourne and head straight down the highway to Bendigo by the weekend, in time for Monday night’s game two against Iran at Red Energy Arena.
The last time Australia and Iran played was in 2019 when Iran got the better of the Boomers by nine points. Australia claimed a dominant win the year before, so the Boomers will be looking to rectify their record come Monday night.
Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN and Kayo Sports.
Bahrain v Australia
Friday 26th August, 2am AEST.
Australia v Iran
Monday 29th August, 6:30pm AEST.
The second round has Australia drawn in Group F, which will see them compete against Kazakhstan, China, Iran, Japan and Bahrain.