Garden Grove, CA – The finals of the 2014 adidas Nations are set after the playoff round was completed last night. The finals will be start at 4pm local time and will be telecasted live on ESPNU from Long Beach City College. The championship game is set for about 6pm and will feature USA 2016-Wall against USA 2016-Lillard. The third place game will be at 4pm between USA 2015-Howard and Europe. Admission and parking is free.
In the semifinals USA 2016-Wall topped USA 2015-Howard 106-89 behind 22 points from 6’9 Billy Preston and 21 points and 12 rebounds from 6’8 Dedric Lawson. Lawson came up with a big game after averaging only 4.3 ppg until the semifinal. 6’1 point guard Payton Pritchard was effective running Team Wall’s offense finishing with seven assists. Jaylen Brown (22 points, nine rebounds, six assists) and Jalen Adams (28 points, eight rebounds, three assists) were impressive in defeat.
In the other semifinal USA 2016-Lillard ran way from Europe 78-50 behind 14 points from Eron Gordon. Lonzo Bell (11) and Tony Bradley Jr. (10) also scored in double-figures for the winners. 6’8 Serguy Prymiak (Ukraine) played well for Europe scoring 14 points and connecting on 2-of-3 three-pointers.
Two other games took place yesterday evening. USA 2015-Rose topped Asia Pacific 103-95 and Canada beat Latin America 86-72.
Six players scored in double-figures for Team Rose with Dwayne Bacon leading the group with 18 points. Carlton Bragg (16), Damon Wilson (15), Brandon Ingram (15), Elijah Thomas (12) and Charles Matthews (12) contributed to the win Wilson also added eight rebounds and seven assists. 6’8 Keanu Pinder (Australia) led Asia Pacific with 23 points and nine rebounds. 6’9 Matt Freeman (New Zealand – 19 points) and point guard Tad Dulfelmeier (Australia – 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists) also looked good.
The leading scorer of the event, Dillon Brooks, did not play in Canada’s win over Latin America. Jalen Poyser (17 points, nine rebounds) and Corey Johnson (17 points on 4-of-7 3PT, six rebounds) picked up the slack in the win. 6’5 Oscar Cabrera (20 points) and 6’5 Wesley Alves de Silva (19 points. nine rebounds) led Latin America which shot 0-of-13 on three-pointers.
UCLA’s Norman Powell (22 points) and Tony Parker (13 points, seven rebounds) continued to look good in the college counselor games. They combined with Chris Jones (Louisville – 13 points, eight assists) to lead their team to a win. Shavon Shields (Nebraska – 15 points), Terry Rozier (Louisville – 16 points) and Terran Petteway (Nebraska – 13 points) also played well.
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