It may be known as the Battle for Silver in some circles, but the Boomers, staffed as they are by NBA battle-hardened veterans, and are not going to go down without making some noise.
They had little difficulty disposing of France with a 21-point victory in which they led from start to finish, despite France having the services of Tony Parker.
The Boomers’ defense was the star of the show as they prevented France from getting into anything resembling an offensive rhythm throughout the game. France turned the ball over 17 times to seven for Australia.
Andrew Bogut and Aron Baynes controlled the area around the basket, forcing the French players to take outside shots that refused to fall.
France failed to mount much in the way of defense. Bogut and Baynes scored at will in the paint and guards Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Kevin Lisch put on a basketball clinic on how to play guard.
The Boomers hot close to 60 percent for the game whilst the French squad was not able to manage 45 percent.
They play Serbia next and that game figures to provide the Boomers with another test of their resolve, as the Olympic basketball tournament gets into full swing.