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Aron Baynes is Australia's triple threat as Boomers set up Czech showdown

Aron Baynes is Australia's triple threat as Boomers set up Czech showdown

10/09/2019 6:27:00 AM

Aron Baynes is Australia's triple threat as Boomers set up Czech showdown

Australia beats France to complete the group stage of the FIBA World Cup undefeated for the first time, setting up a quarter-final against Czech Republic .

Key points:The Boomers have beaten Canada, Senegal, Lithuania, Dominican Republic and France at the FIBA World CupAustralia's men's basketballers have never before gone unbeaten to this stage of a World CupIf the Boomers beat Czech Republic in the last eight, they will face Spain or Poland in the semi-finals

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The intimidating centre was instrumental in shutting down French NBA star Rudy Gobert in Australia's 100-98 basketball World Cup win that set up a Wednesday quarter-final against the Czech Republic.New Phoenix Suns signing Baynes (21 points) made five-of-six triples and took three final-quarter charges as the Boomers came from nine points down to book a date with the dark horse Czech outfit in Shanghai.

Basketball World Cup tweet: #FIBAWC Quarter-Finals set! #WorldGotGameThat followed another superb night that helped Australia past Lithuania on their way to a Cup-best 5-0 campaign in China after already defeating Canada, Senegal and Dominican Republic.

An NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs, Baynes was a rough diamond when first uncovered as a Cairns schoolboy.He has worked overtime on his game, most recently adding a three-point shot to his repertoire that silenced the French in Nanjing on Monday.

Coach Andrej Lemanis gushed at his all-round exploits after he'd helped the Boomers closer to a maiden World Cup semi-final appearance.But Baynes isn't getting bogged down in the details."What goes through my mind is just 'don't move' make a hit," he said of his match-turning defensive plays.

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