Boomers' medal chances not looking swish

Serbia's Red Wall has turned Australia's Olympic golden dream in Rio into a living 87-61 nightmare.

A shattered Boomers will now have to rebound from the devastation of such a poor performance on the world stage to play Spain for the Bronze medal.

Australia came from eight points down in the third quarter of their qualification pool to beat Serbia by 15 point.

But there was to be no such heroics from a flat Boomers side which were totally out-played and outclassed on one of the biggest days in Australian basketball history.

In rare scenes, Serbia's bench began celebrating victory with high-fives and hugs with just under five minutes left in the final quarter and ahead 76-47.

The challenge for coach Andrej Lemanis and his players is to rebound from the burning pain and produce a bronze medal performance against Spain (Monday 12.30am AEST) who lost their semi-final in a controversial and physical battle with the USA.

Creating history with Australia's first Olympic basketball mead would help considerably in easing the bitter disappointment of their 26 point loss to Serbia.

Australia's loss could be summed up by guard Patty Mills, Australia's best offensive weapon, who finished the clash with 13 points and a 1/9 return from three point range.

But that's how it went for the Boomers with shots not dropping, passes not sticking and not enough rebounds to compete against a Serbian side that brought their A-game.

But not all is lost.

History awaits in the early hours of Monday morning if they can grab their first by Olympic medal.

Nothing really went right for the Boomers in the first half and unfortunately there was no way back against a Serbia's Red machine which clearly did their homework after their earlier loss.

Serbia's defence was tough as expected.

But Australia inflicted a lot of its own pain, failing to make a number of open shots, turning the ball over too easily, failing to compete on the boards and shooting poorly from outside the arc.

It all added up to a heavy 35-14 half time deficit to the 2014 world championship silver medallist, a mountain the Boomers found too high to climb.

Serbia had the clash at their mercy leading 66-38 into final quarter.

World class Serbian guard Milos Teodosic, who would walk into the NBA, did a clinical job on the Boomers finishing the clash with 22 points (9/14) from the field and five assists.

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