A strong defensive performance and a wide spread of scorers has seen Australia record a comeback victory against Argentina in their first official hit-out in South America as we countdown to Rio.

Following the cancellation of Australia's first game against Lithuania, the side hit the court to face the home team in Argentina without Andrew Bogut (injury) and Joe Ingles who will be re-joining the team shortly after the birth of his twins with wife Renae.

A slow start saw Australia trail by 16 points at quarter-time as they struggled to settle in to the rhythm of the game, shooting just 4-16 from the field.

Aron Baynes brought his team into the contest early in the second period, nailing three consecutive baskets while Brock Motum also took over in the paint with a series of silky moves around the Argentinian front court of Luis Scola and Andres Nocioni.

Cutting the margin to 11 points at the main break, Australia showed they could match it with their opposition.

They then stunned the home side with a 13-6 run to open the third quarter as Patty Mills hit three-pointers from each corner and Chris Goulding (ten points) hit two three-pointers of his own.

Cameron Bairstow (four points, four boards) then momentarily tied the game but Manu Ginobili's calming influence was able to give Argentina back the lead heading into three-quarter time.










With Ginobili then enjoying a rest at the start of the fourth period, the Aussies took advantage in the back court.

Matthew Dellavedova and Ryan Broekhoff (eight points, seven rebounds) pushed the pace, opening up the lanes for David Andersen who also stepped out for a three-pointer to help Australia to a 13-0 blitz which silenced the crowd.

Ginobili's return helped pull Argentina back into the contest, tying the game once again with 1:44 remaining but Broekhoff was able to knock down a huge three-pointer before Dellavedova (seven points, seven assists) sealed the game with a runner from the free-throw line.

"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 Aussies finished with a 40-34 advantage in the paint while scoring 18-5 in second chance points thanks in large part to Andersen (16 points, eight rebounds) and Motum (14 points, eight rebounds).

After shooting over 70% in the first term, Australia's defence held Argentina to just 46% from the field in a positive sign without their defensive anchor in Bogut.

The full box score can be found here.

Their tour of South America continues on Friday morning against Brazil at 9am in Sao Paulo before they face Lithuania early Sunday morning at 1am (both times AEST).

Live streams will hopefully be chased down once again so keep an eye on Basketball Australia's social media accounts for updates at tip-off.