(CNN) — For over a decade, the United States asserted its dominance in global men’s basketball. All that changed when Team USA dropped its first match to Australia since 2006.
The Boomers, ranked 11th by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), won its first match against No. 1 ranked USA, beating the group 98-94. The game has been played with a crowd of over 52,000, the biggest crowd to see basketball.
The US had won 78 games in major awards and awards before Saturday’s World Cup exhibition matchup.
“The Aussies gave us a terrific lesson as much as where we must be and we need to perform in this sort of contest,” US head coach Gregg Popovich said after the match. “Thus, we will get used to that and hopefully learn.”
The loss comes two days after the US defeat Australia 102-86 on Thursday. Was during the 2006 semifinals of the FIBA World Championship.
“nobody wins indefinitely,” Popovich said.
The US’ closing exhibition is Monday against Canada in Sydney before going into the World Cup in China. There the defending World Cup winner will face the Czech Republic.
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