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Boomers hold off France for win
Crystal Ja
06:50 AEST Tue Jul 24 2012

Patty Mills has been a part of the Australian men's basketball team for six years, but it's now he feels the Boomers are on the verge of Olympic greatness.

The Boomers ended their pre-Games tour on a high after holding off France 69-67 in front of a biased home crowd in Strasbourg on Monday (early Tuesday morning AEST).

They'd taken a 13-point buffer into the final quarter, before France went on a 7-0 run to then cut the margin to just one with 1.34 minutes left on the clock.

While a close call, Mills, starring in his second Olympic campaign in London, said the two-point win will do wonders for the team.

"Going into the Olympics with or without a win, we were still going to feel the same," he said.

"But it is our last game before the real deal in London, so it's good to come away with it - more importantly for the confidence that we've got right now."

The Boomers risked heading to the Games on a string of losses after their four-game European tour commenced with two losses to Spain and another to Brazil.

But Mills sees huge positives in the results, noting they kept Spain, ranked world No.2, to just a six-point win in both matches.

"Although we lost, we came away with a strong feeling of improvement," he said.

"And before this France game we were right where we need to be."

The point guard finished with 13 points for the day, behind Joe Ingles on 16.

He rated keeping San Antonio Spurs teammate Tony Parker to just six points for the game as proof of the Boomers' defensive strength.

Parker could have won the match for France, but missed a three-pointer on the buzzer.

Mills, 23, said great things are in store for this Boomers team.

"It's no secret that our goal is to get a medal.

"It's not impossible and we believe we can do it - something no other Boomers side has done before."

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