NOTE: Photo courtesy of FIBA.com.
RIGA, Latvia – Incoming Boise State freshmen Anthony Drmic and Igor Hadziomerovic helped lead Australia into the quarterfinals of the FIBA U19 World Championship as Group E’s No. 1 seed with a 72-52 victory over Poland, Wednesday.
Hadziomerovic scored 14 points, going 6-of-12 (.500) from the floor, and added five rebounds and two steals.
Although Drmic was held to six points - his second-straight game in single digits after leading the tournament in scoring through the first four games - he tied for the team high with eight rebounds and recorded two assists, one steal and one block.
The teams entered the game tied atop the Group E standings, and although Australia had already clinched a berth into the quarterfinals, the top seed was still on the line.
Australia held just a two-point lead (29-27) heading into halftime, but a dominating performance at both ends of the floor in the third quarter ended any doubt as to who would head into the quarterfinals with the No. 1 seed.
Poland was held to just two points over the quarter’s final five minutes, and Australia outscored its opponent 24-6 in the stanza. The third-quarter effort of the Australians was too much for Poland to overcome in the final period, and Australia cruised to its third 20-plus-point victory in six World Championship games.
After a day off on Thursday, the opening round of the quarterfinals will begin Friday, with Australia (5-1) squaring off against Group F No. 4 seed Serbia (4-2). Times for the quarterfinals have yet to be determined, but the games will be streamed live at FIBATV.com.