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Aussie All-Stars beat the world 151-116

By Steve Jancetic 27/12/2005 10:03:57 PM Comments (0)

The Australian All-Stars proved there was more than enough local talent running around in the NBL as they turned on a dazzling shooting display to beat the World All-Stars 151-116 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

In a game showcasing the best of the NBL's home-grown talent against the pick of the import crop, the locals started the game full of running before cruising home to collect their second consecutive win in the annual exhibition game.

With defence low on the list of priorities behind high-flying dunks and fancy passes, the locals racked up 44 first quarter points to take a commanding 21-point lead into the first break.

The early onslaught effectively put an end the match as a contest as the Australians maintained a comfortable break on their rivals, with more interest being on who could outdo the other with their aerial acrobatics.

Wollongong import Cortez Groves got the crowd on its feet with several high-flying dunks, but it was Sydney Kings skipper Jason Smith who stole the show, delighting his hometown fans with a spectacular alley-oop dunk and some sweet outside shooting.

Smith tallied 16 of his 19 points in the opening term, while the silky ball skills of veteran Melbourne point-guard Darryl McDonald, who was named the game MVP, saw him hand out six of his game-high 10 assists in the first quarter.

World coach Phil Smyth tried to stem the flow with a zone defence in the second period, but it hardly seemed to matter as CJ Bruton joined his Sydney teammate Smith in firing from the outside.

Melbourne centre Chris Anstey led all scorers with 22 points, confirming his status as the league's dominant big man.

From there it was a procession, with the toughest task facing both coaches being to make sure the minutes were spread evenly amongst their talented rosters, though Australian coach Brian Goorjian may be left ruing the cost of the pre-game dunk contest, which saw his Kings import Rolan Roberts suffer a shoulder injury.

Roberts, who took no part in the match, will have scans on Wednesday.

Goorjian said he was hoping to get some good news on his powerful forward, having initially thought the news was a prank by his Kings medical staff.

"You always have your fingers crossed for that, but it's usually in the game," Goorjian said.

"I thought they were joking. That obviously is one of the risks you get being involved in a game like this ... but it certainly didn't look good and for him to have something that's sore with a body like that isn't a good sign."

While the World team obviously missed Roberts' size in the middle, Goorjian said McDonald, who played under the veteran coach at the Victoria Titans back in the early 1990s, was the difference between the two sides.

"The showcase was D-Mac ... he's having an outstanding year and in this type of game he's the type of guy you really want to play with," Goorjian said.

"He makes everybody on the floor better. I haven't been on his side since the Titan days so it was nice to get a win together."

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