San Antonio Spurs restricted free agent Aron Baynes and the Australian National team continued on the winning track in the 2014 FIBA World Cup Tuesday over Lithuania. Using a strong defensive second quarter by holding the Lithuanians to just eight points, the Boomers were able to gain some separation and hold on the for the 82-75 victory.
Joe Ingles led the Boomers with 18 points, while Baynes was the second leading scorer for Australia with 14 points, six rebounds, and one steal in 22 minutes. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova also chipped in with 13 points. Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas scored two points, while Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valancuinas struggled with just four points, six rebounds, and even five turnovers.
With the victory, the Boomers moved to 2-1 in Group D play, and stand in second place in the group, as they have two games remaining to see if they’ll qualify for the round of 16. Australia will face Mexico on Wednesday, where Baynes will be matched up with Mexican center Gustavo Ayon, whom the Spurs reportedly have interest in, and Thursday Australia will face Angola.
Through three games with Australia, Baynes leads the team in scoring (16.0 points) and rebounds (7.7 rebounds) in 24.3 minutes per game.