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Semifinals - Australia and New Zealand to play for the Gold! - Mar 22, 2006

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Like in the women tournament, the Commonwealth Game Men Championship Game will be a 100% Oceania contest. Australia defeated a consistent England team 101-75 in front of more than 9000 screaming fans in Melbourne while Aaron Olson (195-G-78, college: E.Washington) lifted New Zealand to the final game with a 90-66 victory over Nigeria.

Australia - England: 101-75
England managed to hold on during two quarter (50-46 at half-time) but Australia made the break in the third quarter in front of a noisy home crowd, more than 9000 fans packed the Melbourne Park Venue. The Boomers decided to stop the tournament's leading scorer Andrew Sullivan, he was held to 10pts 3/10FG and 3rbs only in this game. Jason Smith (194-G-74) led Australia with 18pts 6/8FG, Luke Kendall made his best game so far with 16pts 4/8FG and Sam Mackinnon recorded a double-double with 13pts 11rbs. Julius Joseph (192-F-75, college: Georgia Coll.) netted 18pts 5/13FG for England, Germayne Forbes added 17pts 4/15FG and 5rbs.
Australia's coach Brian Goorijan said after the match, "I think we beat a pretty good team, an experienced older side. It was a scary game for us. Everybody is expecting gold. I think the team did it really well. We delivered.''
Jason Smith spoke excitedly about playing in front of a home crowd. "As soon as we walked in there was this huge eruption. And after a couple of good shots they went crazy. It's great to be part of this," he said.
Kevin Kibbs, England’s team manager commented: "We knew we were facing strong opposition with Australia. They are one of the stronger nations in world basketball. We fought well in the first half. Australia is very experienced in these situations, it was pretty much our first time at this level and I think we have learnt a lot from these games. We now remain focused for Friday’s bronze medal game."
Boxscore here

Nigeria - New Zealand: 66-90
New Zealand made a great first-half, they reached the break on a 50-33 lead on the wings of Aaron Olson (195-G-78, college: E.Washington) who scored 17pts and 4ast in this period, Pero Cameron was also great in the first half with 12pts. Nigeria was unable to come back mostly because of a desastrous 29% shooting from the field. Muoneke Gabe (200-F-78, college: Texas) scored 18pts 5/12FG, Ejike Ugboaja recorded 14pts 6/10FG and 10rbs and Mohammed Abdulrahman added 15pts 5/18FG. Aaron Olson made a great game with 25pts 8ast, Pero Cameron netted 18pts and Troy Mclean came out of the bench to score 9pts in 9 minutes.
"I'll take a 24-point win," offered NZ coach Tab Baldwin. "I don't think we were really good in the second half ... we didn't shoot the ball well in that second half. Our defence really won his the game. They had a stretch in the third quarter where they hit some threes and our defence let us down, but apart from that it was pretty good ..."
Now the Tall Blacks are ready to play against their longtime riv  

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England takes the Bronze - Mar 24, 2006  
Gold medal game - a boost for the australian NBL - Mar 23, 2006  
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Semifinals - Australia and New Zealand to play for the Gold! - Mar 22, 2006  
Classifications Games - Mar 21, 2006  
Stats leaders after the pool phase - Mar 20, 2006  
Day 5 results - End of the pool phase - Mar 20, 2006  
Day 4 results - Mar 19, 2006  
Day 3 results - Mar 18, 2006  
Day 2 results - Mar 17, 2006  
Day 1 results - Mar 16, 2006  
Games Schedule - Mar 14, 2006  
India's basketballers play for the future - Mar 14, 2006  

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Commonwealth Games Standings
 1. Australia 8-0 
 2. N.Zealand 7-1 
 3. U.Kingdom 6-2 
 4. Nigeria 5-3 
 5. Barbados 4-4 
 6. Scotland 3-5 
 7. S.Africa 2-6 
 8. India 1-7 
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