Boomers too strong for Saudis at Asia Cup

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Australia have gone 2-0 in the Asia Cup group stage after cruising past Saudi Arabia in Jakarta.

The Boomers trailed early on Thursday afternoon and were even three points behind at quarter time, but blew their opponents away with a 24-7 second term, eventually winning 76-52.

Former NBA player Thon Maker again led the side offensively scoring 16 points on six-of-11 shooting.

They were only again given a minor scare, failing to score for nearly five minutes across the third and fourth quarters and allowing a 12-0 run, before they steadied with a 10-0 run of their own.

The defending Asia Cup champions got great performances from Keanu Pinder (13 points, six rebounds, three assists), Tyrese Proctor (15 points) and Sam Froling (10 points, seven rebounds) while Will McDowell-White put in an all-round display with five points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals and a block.

If that stat line isn't impressive enough, the Boomers outscored Saudi Arabia by 31 points when McDowell-White was on the floor.

Saudi's Fahad Belal got hot from distance and hit four three-pointers to lead his side with 16 points.

Maker is looking every bit the team's leader, averaging 19.5 points and seven rebounds through the tournament's opening two matches.

The Boomers close their group schedule against hosts Indonesia on Saturday.

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