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Sport Back-up Boomers get chance to shine in Asia Cup qualifiers

23:15  18 february  2020
23:15  18 february  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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They’re the Boomers side who are more green than gold, but caretaker coach Will Weaver is adamant his depleted squad can overcome their inexperience in this week’s Asia Cup qualifiers in Brisbane. Centre of Excellence product Nathan Sobey will get his chance against the Tall Blacks.

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a man holding a basketball: Centre of Excellence product Nathan Sobey will get his chance against the Tall Blacks.© AAP/Dan Peled Centre of Excellence product Nathan Sobey will get his chance against the Tall Blacks.

They’re the Boomers side who are more green than gold, but caretaker coach Will Weaver is adamant his depleted squad can overcome their inexperience in this week’s Asia Cup qualifiers in Brisbane.

Half of the 12 players picked to take on New Zealand and Hong Kong have yet to make their international debuts for Australia, and five of them are from Illawarra, who finished last in the recently completed NBL regular season.

The Boomers take on the Tall Blacks on Thursday at Nissan Centre. The group doesn’t include its NBA contingent or players from teams preparing for the NBL play-offs.

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The Australian Boomers have named a youthful squad for their upcoming Asia Cup qualifiers in Brisbane, with six fresh “We have selected twelve exceptional representatives for this qualifying window and looking forward to quickly coalescing into a team befitting the honour of representing

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However, Weaver remained confident in the near-unrecognisable team maintaining a standard set by the Boomers.

‘‘We have an identity as a program and as a country,’’ Weaver said on Tuesday. ‘‘So that makes it easy to keep the standard to where it is and recognise that we fit into a broader qualification that leads to major tournaments down the line.’’

Veteran Mitch Creek was one of six players unavailable due to injury, but Nathan Sobey and Cameron Gliddon were a part of last year’s World Cup list and Josh Giddey was developed in the Centre of Excellence program.

‘‘There’s players on this team that will have a chance to make it to higher levels, playing different leagues around the world in the future,’’ Weaver said.

It is the first time a Boomers squad has assembled since former coach Brett Brown’s reappointment after the resignation of Andrej Lemanis.

Weaver will coach the group in the absence of Brown, who is unavailable amid NBA commitments with the Philadelphia 76ers.

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