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It wasn't pretty, but Australian Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis saw promising signs in his Olympic team's first game together against US college all-stars.
Things will only get better, coach Andrej Lemanis promises, after a rusty first showing from the Australian men's basketball team less than four weeks out from the Rio Olympics.
NBA stars Matthew Dellavedova and Andrew Bogut watched from courtside as the Boomers narrowly edged out a US college all-star outfit 92-83 in the first of two farewell games in Melbourne on Tuesday night.
Dellavedova wasn't allowed to play because he hadn't yet received insurance clearance from his new franchise Milwaukee following last week's multi-million dollar deal, while Bogut remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Chris Goulding also sat out as he manages an ankle issue.
The trio were joined on the bench by small forward Ryan Broekhoff who hurt his ankle in the second quarter. It wasn't serious but he could miss the second game on Thursday as a precaution.
While the Boomers took some time to find their rhythm and structure, particularly in defence against an athletic and speedy PAC12 side, Lemanis saw positive signs.
"We've only been together a week and this group of 12 has only practised together once, so we're pretty advanced," he said.
"We had some nice stuff going on giving that background.
"All in all, it did exactly what it was supposed to do. It gave us some learnings ... now we get a chance to evaluate that game, make some improvements, and get better for game two."
Big man Aron Baynes, who will be key in Rio if Bogut is ruled out, dunked his way to 28 points in an entertaining performance.
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Aleks Maric wasn't named in the final 12-man roster but played just over seven minutes, a sign he is the likely replacement for Bogut if he doesn't make it to Rio.
He will travel with the squad to South America, where they have scheduled at least five pre-Olympic warm-up games.
Lemanis also had high praise for back-up guards and soon-to-be Olympic debutants Kevin Lisch and Damian Martin in the absence of Dellavedova, whose NBA commitments have limited his time with the team.
But Patty Mills, who only landed 4-11 from the field and 3-10 three-pointers for 15 points on Tuesday, is looking forward to getting more time with the recently-crowned NBA champion before Rio.
"I really want to get out on the floor with him and see how we work," Mills said.
"In the past we've worked really well together so it should be good."
It's unclear whether Dellavedova will play on Thursday, but Goulding is likely.
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