Kiwi Corey a nemesis for Boomers side

BOOMERS players have identified New Zealand guard Corey Webster as the man standing between them and a place at next year's Rio Olympics.

Webster scored a game-high 22 points in his team's 71-59 loss to Australia in the opening game of the two-leg series in Melbourne on Saturday night.

The Boomers - led by NBA players Patrick Mills (San Antonio), Andrew Bogut (Golden State), Matthew Dellavedova (Cleveland) and Cam Bairstow (Chicago) - can secure their place in Rio with victory in game two in Wellington tonight.

The Australian women had the chance to ensure they would be part of the 2016 Olympics with a second consecutive win against the New Zealand women in Tauranga last night.

The Opals, who have won a medal at every Games since Atlanta in 1996, with three silver and two bronze, took out the opening game in Melbourne 61-41 last Saturday night.


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