AUSTRALIA wasted no time stamping its class in its new basketball environment, beating Iran, 76-59, on Monday morning (Manila time) to rule the first-ever Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.
The Boomers jumped out to a 12-2 lead and were hardly threatened the rest of the way as the former kings of Oceania basketball completely dominated in their debut in the reconfigured Fiba Asia zone.
Brad Newley scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting while Daniel Kickert added 14 for the Aussies, who swept their six games by an average of 28.8 points even if they didn't bring a single NBA player to Beirut.
Hamed Haddadi led Iran with 18 points and seven rebounds and was named tournament MVP.
He was joined in Mythical Five by teammate Mohammad Jamshidi, Korean big man Ho Sekeun, Lebanese legend Fadi El-Khatib and New Zealand guard Shae Ili.
Korea landed a podium place after beating the Tall Blacks, 79-56, in the battle for third place.
Former champion China nosed out host Lebanon, 79-78, in the battle for fifth while the Philippines placed seventh after a come-from-behind 75-70 win over Jordan.