Australian Boomers News Australia starts Olympic campaign on a high note Ingles set to join team
Australia's players celebrate after defeating Russia during their men's preliminary round Group B basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 6, 2012. Reuters/Sergio Perez

The Australian Boomers started their Olympic campaign positively, defeating the world no. 4 Argentina on their home court on Wednesday morning (AEST) in a warm-up game.

According to the Herald Sun, the Boomers overcame a 16-point deficit to upset the Manu Ginobili-led Argentina. Star guard Matthew Dellavedova hit a last minute jump shot to power the Boomers to an 84-83 win in Buenos Aires.

The Boomers, who were playing without injured Andrew Bogut and new father Joe Ingles, were down in every break quarter before fighting back in the fourth quarter. The Australians went on a 13-0 run while Ginobili was on the bench. But the Argentinian star returned to push his team back on top.

The game went back and forth in the closing minutes, but Euroleague star Ryan Broekhoff and Dellavedova were able to hit clutch shots in the final minute to finally propel the Boomers with the win.

Olympic veteran David Anderson led the Boomers with 16 points and eight rebounds. Brock Motum contributed 14 points and San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills chipped in 13 points and four assists. The Milwaukee Bucks Dellavedova had seven points with the last two being the game winner.

“This was a great opportunity to play in Argentina to witness the crowd and atmosphere and to play against one of my good friends (Ginobili),” said Mills.

The Boomers will travel next to Sao Paolo to play the world no. 9 Brazil on Friday AEST. Ingles is likely expected to play for the Boomers against Brazil.

Ingles posted on Instagram a picture of his twins after they were born on Monday with the caption “I will forever have your backs”. Ingles was initially worried that his twins were due to be born on the day of the Rio opening ceremony.

But with Jacob and Milla being born early on Monday, Ingles will be able to rejoin the team ahead of the Rio Olympics.