(CNN) — For more than a decade, the United States asserted its dominance in global men’s basketball. All that changed when Team USA lost its first game since 2006 to Australia.
The Boomers, ranked 11th by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), won its first match against No. 1 rated USA, beating the team 98-94. The match was played having a crowd of over 52,000 in Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, the biggest audience to see basketball.
Even the US had won 78 games in exhibitions and major tournaments before Saturday’s World Cup display matchup.
“The Aussies gave us a great lesson as far as where we have to be and we need to perform in this type of competition,” US head coach Gregg Popovich said after the game. “So, we will get used to this and learn.”
The loss includes two weeks after the US defeat Australia 102-86 on Thursday. The time Team USA lost was during the FIBA World Championship’s 2006 semifinals.
“Nobody wins eternally,” Popovich said.
The US’ closing exhibition is Monday from Canada in Sydney before heading to the World Cup in China. There the two-time defending World Cup champion will face the Czech Republic.
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