The Australian men’s basketball team walked away with heavy hearts after a devastating 89-88 defeat to Spain on Monday morning. Having led the game with an 88-87 score and a little over five seconds of play remaining, Australian basketball player Patty Mills was called out for blocking foul which sent Sergio Rodriguez to the line. Rodriguez rose to the occasion as he managed to land two shots during the dying seconds of the game, awarding Spain with a much-needed bronze medal!
In the last three minutes of the game, Spain’s four points came from both Rodriguez and Pau Gasol. However, Australia’s basketball coach feels different about the loss, blaming two late fouls which he says were not “obvious clear fouls,” which was a bitter pill to swallow for the Boomers.
“It’s frustrating when their last four points come from the foul line off what you would suggest would be relatively soft calls,” Andrej Lemanis said after the Boomers finished in fourth place.
Lemanis blames the Boomers loss on the team itself saying that they let themselves down as they wasted the late possession where the ball should have been in the hands of Mills, as the last five seconds is where they should have capitalized.
“It was supposed to get back in Mills’s hands, obviously, for whatever reason, we weren’t able to get that executed. It is one of those things; we were disappointed we weren’t able to get a shot at least way on the last possession to give ourselves a chance,” Lemanis said.
Lemanis has expressed his desire to continue to coach the Boomers if the job were to be on a part-time basis. Currently, Lemanis is also contracted to Brisbane Bullets for their upcoming 2016/2017 season, however, he is open to discussion with Basketball Australia should they need him on a full-time coaching basis.