I am probably not going to say much more about the result of this game, so I want to leave it with some thoughts and hindsight.
Speaking with people from not such a basketball background, who were actually interested in this game, also speaking with coaches from overseas, in other countries and quite a few basketball people here as well it is very highly accepted that the Boomers were robbed.
That said, in hindsight now, what were the repercussions of this and what have we really lost, compared with Spain and how much potential drive for the sport did we have taken away from us with one poor decision?
It may be the case that we did enough and have shown that basketball is played at the highest level in Aus by both male and female athletes that either result isn't going to hurt our reputation that much!
However, in Europe in particular countries like Spain/Serbia are not short in their development of basketball, they are not lacking passion and money or exposure in their media, nor do they fall short of providing quality international grade competition only superseded by soccer in crowds, media and money.
For a nation like Australia, where the sporting dollar is so thin, especially for a sport we need a boost in, I do feel we were on the cusp of something enormous.
We may have almost reached that pinnacle, we may have actually reached it, but for the sake of a bad call in the Boomers game and a shock result for the Opals, wouldn't it have just been an amazing shot in the arm for our sport had we gained a medal (just one)...