The helloworld Boomers and Aussie Rollers have recorded strong victories in Game 1 of the Farewell Series as preparations for Brazil continue.

The Boomers simply proved too big for the Pac-12 Conference All-Stars, finishing with a 54-30 advantage in the paint with Aron Baynes (28 points, nine rebounds) starring.

He was helped by the quick ball movement of Patty Mills (15 points, four assists) and Kevin Lisch (nine points, five assists, four steals) while David Andersen (11 points, seven rebounds) and Cameron Bairstow (nine points, 11 boards) also enjoyed their front court dominance.

A 10-0 run out of the half-time break was the deciding factor with Mills bringing the energy in the open court while the defence of Bairstow and Andersen made it very difficult for the All-Stars to keep up.

From there, the Boomers controlled the tempo and while the All-Stars fought back with a mini 6-0 run in the dying seconds, they were unable to reduce the deficit.




Baynes set the tempo for the game in the opening minutes with eight points in the opening term including a thunderous dunk.

However, the Pac-12 All-Stars answered with speed and transition offence through Kadeem Allen (15 points) and Stephen Thompson Jr. (eight points) and carried a 20-13 lead into the first break.

Bairstow and Brock Motum continued the work of Baynes under the rim in the second term while Ryan Broekhoff began to warm up from distance.

He was halted by an ankle injury though which kept him out for the rest of the contest but coach Andrej Lemanis does not foresee it being a long-term injury.

The second period saw Baynes again own the paint, recording 18 points on 7-9 shooting to half-time and when the Boomers re-focused their efforts in the third period, the result was sealed.

"In terms of the game, its exactly what we needed," said Australian coach Lemanis.

"Defensively we had issues dealing with their speed but I thought the guys came out in the third quarter and did a great job making their adjustments.

"This group of 12 has only played together once so all in all, it served exactly what it needed to."

The absence of Matthew Dellavedova and Chris Goulding was a source of frustration for many fans but Goulding continues to recover from an ankle injury while Dellavedova had issues with insurance.

"Everything from our point of view was done by Friday and we thought we'd get something overnight but it didn't happen," said Lemanis in regards to the most recent Aussie NBA champion.

"Hopefully we see him Thursday."

Lemanis was very pleased with the performance of Kevin Lisch and Damian Martin who received more minutes without Dellavedova.

"Kevin really showed the value he brings to the group. He's so solid at both ends of the floor and Damo is Damo. We inject him when we're struggling defensively and when he came in, the game immediately turned in terms of defensive intensity."

Coach of the Pac-12 All-Stars, Mike Montgomery, was pleased overall with the performance of his team but admitted the play in the paint of Baynes, Bairstow and Andersen caused issues.

"I knew the physical play would be difficult for us with the Boomers being older and more mature," said Montgomery.

"By and large I was pleased but I thought in the second half... we backed off a little bit rather than stepping up with them.

"It was a great experience for our guys and I'm hoping we come out on Thursday night and make some corrections and play a little bit better."

The full box score can be found here.

In the curtain-raiser clash between the Australian Rollers and the NWBL All-Stars, the Paralympics-headed side took out a 38-29 victory.

The All-Stars could not find the basket in the first half, shooting 4-23 to start the game but they trailed by just six points at the main break with Nick Taylor (eight points) providing some life to the team off the bench.

Shaun Norris was a human highlight reel in the first half, stunning the crowd with a no-look pass that set up Tom O'Neill-Thorne (ten points) while scoring just as effortlessly.

Coming out of half-time, the Rollers were able to gain some separation on the back of a 10-0 run with Norris (ten points, three rebounds four assists) again involved as the main play-maker.

The All-Stars fought back in the final term, cutting the margin to a two-possession game on a few occasions courtesy of Michael Auprince (seven points, eight boards) but Brett Stibners (four points, five rebounds) and Norris stood in their way as the Rollers secured the victory.

The full box score can be found here.

Both the Rollers and Boomers will return to Hisense Arena on Thursday night for their final matches of the two-games series with tickets available via Ticketek here: