By David McPherson
The Australian Boomers have completed their whitewash of the GC2018 basketball tournament to claim the gold medal over Canada in crushing fashion, 87-47.
Australia won all five of its games with an average winning margin of 37 points and were clearly a step above all who came before them.
The Boomers doubled Canada’s score in the first quarter alone as Chris Goulding (11 points, 3/6 3PT) showed off his silky shooting touch from range.
The medal completes a magical run for Goulding which includes an NBL championship, NBL Finals MVP and Commonwealth Games gold medal in under a month of basketball.
Nathan Sobey crashed the boards to record 10 points and eight rebounds, while Nick Kay barrelled to the hoop to drop 10 points of his own.
Veteran Brad Newley (nine points, six rebounds) became our most decorated Commonwealth Games basketballer alongside Belinda Snell, as the only remaining members of the 2006 Melbourne gold medal campaigns.
“I felt like a young pup out there,” Newley said.
“Everyone did their bit tonight – you can see by the score. We had no scorer over 11 points and equal minutes so I’m really happy to come away with another gold medal.”
“We’ve had a group that’s been together for a while now and we’re all experienced guys who play each other every week in the NBL. It’s really good mateship and we just love being a part of it.”