NOTE: Photo courtesy of FIBA.com.
RIGA, Latvia – Incoming Boise State freshmen Anthony Drmic and Igor Hadziomerovic continued their hot shooting at the FIBA U19 World Championship, combining for 37 points in leading Australia (3-1) to an 85-78 victory over Russia (2-2) in the opening game of the Eighth Final Round, Monday.
Drmic scored a game-high 22 points, knocking down 7-of-10 (.700) attempts from the floor, including 3-of-5 from the 3-point line. He also pulled down three rebounds and added a team-high three assists.
CLICK HERE to see a fast-break dunk from Drmic during today’s game (YouTube).
Hadziomerovic scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting (.556), and chipped in three rebounds and two assists.
Of the 179 players competing at the World Championship, Drmic is averaging a tournament-high 23.3 points per game. He also leads the tournament in both field goal percentage (.698; 30-of-43) and 3-point field goal percentage (.654; 17-of-26), and his free throw percentage (.762; 16-of-21) ranks 12th.
Hadziomerovic’s 15.8 points per game currently ranks 13th at the World Championship, and he also ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.846; 11-of-13), seventh in field goal percentage (.561; 23-of-41) and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.462; 6-of-13).
Australia, winners of Group B in the Preliminary Round, will square off against Brazil Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. (MT) and Poland Wednesday, also at 7:45 a.m. (MT).
The team is looking to advance the quarterfinals, where a traditional bracket-style format will be implemented.