Bogut leads Australia to 87-66 victory over France in opener


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Andrew Bogut scored 18 as Australia upset France 87-66 in the opening men’s basketball game Saturday at the Rio Games.

France was considered by many as the second-best men’s team in the tournament behind the United States, but the NBA talent-filled squad underwhelmed on the heels of a disappointing 2012 Olympics.

Bogut shot 9 for 10 from the field and Patty Mills had 21 points. Bogut’s presence was a bit of a surprise after he suffered a hyperextended knee in the NBA Finals.

Tony Parker, one of 10 NBA players on the court – five on each team – scored a team-high 18 for France – 16 in the second quarter.

Australia dominated early and led by 15 , but France closed the half on a 14-2 run to trail 36-33. The Aussies put the game away with a 14-2 run to take a 67-48 lead in the fourth quarter.