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Thon Maker leads the Australian Boomers to first up Asia Cup win

Ex-NBA player Thon Maker has helped lead the Australian Boomers to a first-up win in the Asia Cup. The Boomers took on the national team from Jordan, beating them 78-60. This has them at the top of their group, which is a place they will probably not relinquish for the entire group phase.

The Boomers are missing most of their top players as so many of them are competing in the NBA Summer League or recovering from injury.  However, this did not stop Thon Maker from stamping his impact on the game early which helped the Boomers establish an early lead. Jordan was not able to surmount this lead in the second half, eventually losing by 18 points.

Maker had 16 points by the half,  finishing with 23 for the game to go along with eight rebounds. He also had two assists and a block in his 24 minutes of game time.  Maker had the honour of having the highest plus/minus on the box score with 26. This is an incredible impact on a game in such a short time.  This also had the impact of allowing the Australians to rest their most important player for later in the tournament.

The Australian Boomers spread the load amongst all their players

The Boomers, also had 16 points from Sam Froling who went 8-of-13 from the field. He also had eight rebounds including three on the offensive end. William McDowell-White ran the offense wellcollecting seven assists, seven points, and four rebounds.

Australia had two players with  eight points and two players with seven points. All of this scoring power was too much for the team from Jordan. They had Dar Tucker who collected 20 points. Their only other player with double-digit points was Ahmed Al Dwain who had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The Boomers next game is against Saudi Arabia on the 14th of July.  Jordan next plays on the same day, taking on Indonesia.