KAZAN (World University Games) - Australia's Boomers have had a tough time over the years against the United States in international competition, with the Americans winning the last big encounter in Quarter-Finals of the London Games.
Despite a spirited performance from the Aussies, an awesome Team USA pulled away in the second half for a 119-86 triumph, with Kobe Bryant's 20 points leading the way.
Bryant and Co had also beaten the Australians in the last eight of 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Australia are understandably giddy, therefore, that their Emerging Boomers defeated the USA team, 93-84, in the Preliminary Round of the World University Games in Kazan, Russia,
"Every win's a good win, but as a basketball nation we haven’t beaten the US much in world events," Australia coach Andrej Lemanis said.
"So to be a part of a team that has been able to achieve that is a pretty special thing for Australian basketball."
Jason Cadee, who helped the Aussies go unbeaten in the first phase of the recent Stankovic Cup competition in China, had 23 points in the triumph over the United States.
Australia went on to blow out the United Arab Emirates to reach the Quarter-Finals of the World University Games.
In the last eight on Sunday, the Aussies edged Lithuania, 60-55.
Ryan Broekhoff poured in a team-high 14 points while Cadee had 12.
A true point guard, Cadee has really stood out for the Aussies this summer.
He had represented Australia at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship but then had a major setback when he broke his pelvis in a car accident the following year.
Cadee battled back from the accident and in the 2012-13 NBL campaign with the Adelaide 76ers, he averaged eight points per game.
The playmaker’s father represented the Boomers at the 1976 Olympics.
Cadee’s performances could earn him a spot in the senior team, whose coach is Lemanis.
Australia will play New Zealand in the FIBA Oceania Championship later this summer.
At the World University Games, the Australians take on Serbia in the Semi-Finals.
Serbia booked their place in the last four with an 88-43 triumph over Estonia.