Comm Games Davo?s real deal
By PAUL MUNNINGS
THE Commonwealth Games became the real thing for for former Grafton Viking Brad Davidson yesterday as the Australian Boomers qualified for the gold medal match to be played in Melbourne tomorrow night.
The Boomers came back into Games central from their country preliminary matches to see off a determined England 101-75 and will play the winner of the New Zealand-Nigeria semi-final (played last night).
Davidson, who was restricted to 14 minutes on court in his role as back-up to starting guard co-captain CJ Bruton, admitted the Games had been more low-key for the Boomers until yesterday's appearance in front of a sellout crowd at Vodaphone Arena.
The heavily favoured Boomers ? who had won their three preliminary games in Bendigo and Ballarat by 77, 46 and 84 points ? were held to a 50-46 lead at halftime before they seized control with a 27-12 third quarter.
"It upped a level today. England came here and really got after us in the first half," Davidson said.
"We haven't had that so far in the competition and we were in a bigger stadium and with a bigger crowd.
"Suddenly it all became really real, what was going on and that the gold medal was there waiting for us.
"When we were out in the country there was only a couple of basketball teams cruising around a satellite village and we were only playing in front of 800 to 1000 people.
"Back here, everyone's getting into it a lot more."
Davidson has the hottest three-point shooting hand of any player in the Games tournament, nailing an amazing nine out of 11 attempts across the four matches.
The 31-year-old connected with the only three-pointer he launched yesterday, an all-net attempt from the corner as part of a six-point haul.
"Where's that been all year?" he said.
No other player has a three-point percentage better than 60 per cent.
Two of Mullumbimby's leading sporting products were at Vodaphone yesterday with Australian team liaison officer, retired champion butterflyer Petria Thomas, watching Davidson and his Boomers mates.
"I've run into Petria a few times which has been great because I haven't seen her too much since Mullumbimby," Davidson said.
"We've had a chance to catch up and with (discus thrower) Monique Nacsa as well."