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11 September 2019
Horsham basketball star Mitch Creek has helped the Australian national team advance to the quarter finals of the FIBA World Cup undefeated.
Creek has appeared in every game for the Boomers so far and has seen increased playing time as the tournament has gone on.
His best game of the tournament came in a crucial win against France on Monday night.
Australia had already qualified for the quarter finals but needed a win to avoid an early match-up with basketball powerhouse United States.
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Creek notched eight points in a two-point win, including a crucial and-one basket to put Australia up by five with just over five minutes remaining.
Then, with the game on the line and Australia leading by a single point in the final four seconds, Creek was fouled on a full-court three-point attempt after a Patty Mills steal.
Creek hit the first free throw and missed the second, then intentionally missed the third to let time expire.
The 100-98 win means Australia will avoid the US in the quarter finals and will instead play the Czech Republic at 9pm local time.
A win would put the Boomers into the semi-finals and ensure the team can do no worse than a bronze-medal playoff game.
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