Men's Basketball

Future Broncos Lead Australia to U19 Victory

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VALMIERA, Latvia - Incoming Boise State men’s basketball freshman Anthony Drmic scored a tournament-high-tying 25 points, leading Australia to a 73-49 victory over Argentina on the opening day of group play at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship, Thursday.

Drmic, who scored 10 of the team’s first 12 points, went 9-of-12 (.750) from the floor and 5-of-8 (.625) from the 3-point line in helping his team earn the win. He also pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

"Any given day any one of us could start lighting up," Drmic told FIBA. "It was my night tonight - it might be someone else's tomorrow."

Also playing for Australia is fellow future Bronco teammate Igor Hadziomerovic, who will be a freshman in 2011-12. Despite being just two weeks removed from suffering a stress fracture in his foot, he scored seven points on 2-of-6 (.333) shooting and added two rebounds.

The 16-team tournament is separated into four groupings, each consisting of four teams. Each team will play the other teams in its group - a total of three games for each team - and the top three teams in each group will advance to the next round.

For a complete breakdown of the tournament format, CLICK HERE.

Australia will face tournament-host Latvia Friday at 11:30 a.m. (MT), and will then square off against Chinese Taipei Saturday at 7 a.m. (MT). Live statistics are available at the FIBA U19 World Championship OFFICIAL SITE. A video feed is also available for purchase.

Sixteen counties qualified for the World Championship from five FIBA continental zones, including Australia from the Oceania zone. There are six countries competing from Europe - Lithuania, Russia, Latvia, Serbia, Croatia and Poland; the Americas zone is represented by four teams - USA, Brazil, Canada and Argentina; Asia has three teams - China, Korea and Chinese Taipei; and Africa is represented by two teams - Egypt and Tunisia.

FIBA - the world governing body for basketball - is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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