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Boomers beat Indonesia, through to Asia Cup quarterfinals

Australia have advanced to the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asia Cup with a 78-53 defeat of Indonesia in Jakarta.

None of the players who won bronze at the Tokyo Olympics are involved in the tournament, but spurred on by a smattering of NBL stars, the Boomers nevertheless made it through the group stage undefeated.

The major difference between the two sides on Saturday night was Australia's ability to consistently find multiple avenues to the basket.

Indonesia relied on shooting the three-point ball and skipped out to an early lead when Australia struggled to land their own shots from the deep.

But just as they did against Saudi Arabia, the Boomers wrestled the momentum back in the second quarter and held the lead to the main break.

The Australians worked harder to convert rebounds into points and were more sophisticated at both the offensive and defensive end.

By three-quarter time, they had built up a 15-point lead and couldn't be chased down.

Duke University convert Tyrese Proctor, 18, led the Boomers scorers with 14 points, while big men Thon Maker and Sam Froling each came close to recording a double-double.