Despite suffering the disappointment of being eliminated from the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey at the Eight-Final Round stage, the Golden Star Boomers Australian men’s national basketball team have finished the tournament with a top ten placing, FIBA has announced.
The Eight-Final Round of the 2010 FIBA World Championship came to a close on Tuesday night and, teams do not play classification games once eliminated from the tournament, the teams that did not advance to the Quarter-Finals have now been ranked by FIBA to provide a final placing.
Australia, who are currently ranked 11th in the world by FIBA, finished the tournament in 10th place, ahead of world basketball superpowers such as Greece, France and Croatia.
Australia’s highest ever finish at a world championship was fifth, achieved in 1982 and 1994.
The Boomers finished the 2010 FIBA World Championship with a 3-3 record after being defeated by Slovenia 87-58 on Monday morning Australian time.
During the course of their world titles campaign they recorded wins over Jordan, Germany and Angola. They lost games to Slovenia, Argentina and also Serbia. The Serbians subsequently have advanced to the top four Semi Finals overnight by scoring an upset 92-89 victory over reigning world champions Spain, while Argentina have also advanced to the top-eight Quarter Finals and will play Lithuania tomorrow morning for a Semi Final berth.
The final standings for the teams eliminated at the Eight Final Round stage are below.
Standings for 2010 FIBA World Championship (places 9-16):
12 New Zealand
2010 FIBA World Championship
Australian Boomers Results
28 Aug – Australia 76 defeated Jordan 75
29 Aug – Australia 72 defeated by Argentina 74
30 Aug – Australia 78 defeated Germany 43
1 Sept – Australia 79 defeated by Serbia 93
2 Sept – Australia 76 defeated Angola 55
5 Sept – Australia 58 defeated by Slovenia 87