Written by Liam Ellison.
The Boomers squad for the upcoming fourth window of qualifying for the 2019 FIBA World Championships has been announced.
Following the completion of the first qualifying phase the Boomers will carry forward a 5-1 win loss record and are in a good position to progress to the FIBA World Cup in 2019.
The first game of the window will be played in Qatar on the 13th September against the 61st ranked side, before the team travels back to Australia to play Kazakhstan in Bendigo on the 17th September.
A game in regional Victoria gives basketball fans a chance to see the Boomers play in the recently expanded Bendigo Stadium, a regional city that has a long history of producing Boomers and Opals.
Following a strong tour of China with the NBL All-Australian Team, Alex Loughton and David Barlow have been added to the squad, along with SEABL MVP Runner-up Craig Moller.
Brisbane Bullets guard Adam Gibson re-joins the squad after an extended absence, not having played in Australian colours since the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Fellow Bullets teammate, and ex-Chicago Bulls forward, Cameron Bairstow will be hoping to represent the Boomers again after having recovered from multiple injuties.
All-NBL First Team member Daniel Johnson has been included in the squad, joining fellow Adelaide 36ers teammates Anthony Drmic and Nathan Sobey
Rather than have a pre-departure camp, the team will leave for Qatar a week before the game to acclimatise and prepare for the crucial matchup.
Two wins in the fourth phase of qualifying would help to further the Boomers’ lead on top of the Group F standings.
"We are obviously pleased to have completed stage one of qualifying on top of our group – this puts us in a strong position as we now enter stage two of the qualifying process" said Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis.
"The challenge continues and we all look forward to continuing to work together and grow as a team"
"As a coach I feel extremely fortunate to have the privilege of working with such tremendous people"
Lemanis was also quick to praise the group which has changed throughout the qualification process.
"I’m so proud of this group, the way they represent Australian Basketball and their unwavering commitment to the cause– as a sport, we are blessed to have these guys representing us on the world stage".
Tickets for the next three Boomers games in Australia are now on sale.
BOOMERS SQUAD QUALIFIER
August 22nd - September 18TH 2018
|Kevin Lisch||Sydney Kings|
|Mitch Norton||Perth Wildcats|
|Cameron Gliddon||Brisbane Bullets|
|Christopher Goulding*||Melbourne United|
|Mitchell Creek||NBA Summer League|
|Todd Blanchfield||Illawarra Hawks|
|Brad Newley||Sydney Kings|
|Alex Loughton||Cairns Taipans|
|David Barlow||Melbourne United|
|Angus Brandt||Perth Wildcats|
|Nicholas Kay||Perth Wildcats|
|Mitchell McCarron||Melbourne United|
|Matthew Hodgson||Brisbane Bullets|
|Jock Landale||KK Partizan|
|Craig Moller||Melbourne United|
|Nathan Sobey||Adelaide 36ers|
|Adam Gibson||Brisbane Bullets|
|Jason Cadee||Brisbane Bullets|
|Jesse Wagstaff||Perth Wildcats|
|Daniel Johnson||Adelaide 36ers|
|Anthony Drmic||Adelaide 36ers|
|Damian Martin||Perth Wildcats|
|Cameron Bairstow||Brisbane Bullets|
|Joshua Green||IMG Academy USA|
* Ineligible for game one