Rio 2016 Olympics: Andrew Bogut leads Australia to 86-66 victory over France in opener

Australia dominated early and led by 15 , but France closed the half on a 14-2 run to trail 36-33.

By: Reuters | Rio De Janeiro | Updated: August 7, 2016 5:27 am
Australia vs France, France vs Australia, FRA vs Aus, AUS vs FRA, Basketball, Basketball news, Rio 2016 Olympics, RIo Games, RIo,Sports News, Sports Andrew Bogut scored 18 in the opening men’s basketball game Saturday at the Rio Games. (Source: Reuters)

Andrew Bogut scored 18 as Australia upset France 87-66 in the opening men’s basketball game Saturday at the Rio Games.

France was considered by many as the second-best men’s team in the tournament behind the United States, but the NBA talent-filled squad underwhelmed on the heels of a disappointing 2012 Olympics.

Bogut shot 9 for 10 from the field and Patty Mills had 21 points. Bogut’s presence was a bit of a surprise after he suffered a hyperextended knee in the NBA Finals.

Tony Parker, one of 10 NBA players on the court five on each team scored a team-high 18 for France 16 in the second quarter.

Australia dominated early and led by 15 , but France closed the half on a 14-2 run to trail 36-33. The Aussies put the game away with a 14-2 run to take a 67-48 lead in the fourth quarter.

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