St. Joseph University bound point guard Shavar Newkirk exploded for 22 points and added six rebounds and four assists to lead the USA squad in their 92-71 opening game win over Chile. Ethan Happ (Wisconsin/ 6’9) added 17 points and six rebounds.
USA scoring totals: Newkirk (22), Austin White (5), Connor O‘Hearn (0), Kahlil Garnes (0), Mike Williams (7), Tim Delaney (12), Kory Kuenstling (5), Brock Miller (5), Elijah Burns (9), Happ (17), Scott Lindsey (10), Ross Gerber (0)
Ukraine is lead by 16 year old guard and NBA prospect Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk who can score in every way, slashing and penetrating from deep. He netted 23 points in his teams’ 81-74 victory over France in the opening round. Ukraine trailed that game by ten with just under four minutes remaining and managed the comeback victory. Point guard Maksym Miroshnichenko is lightning fast and clever in all facets of the game. Tonight’s matchup will be a true test for the USA.
Other notes from around the AST tournament: France showed early they will be a force in the tournament, featuring a handful of high level prospects including 6’9 skilled post Antoine Wallez who finished with a double-double (21 points) in the opening round loss to Ukraine. Wallez, who can shoot the 3 and play off the block, is featured in a line up with sharp shooting guard Geoffrey Delarboulas (15 points) who connected on multiple contested shots from beyond the arc.
Sweden took a disappointing 92-72 loss to a very skilled Serbia side in the opening round but they too feature a back court with multiple high level prospects for the next level including Ludde Hakanson of Regal Barcelona who poured in 26 points. Vasilije Vucetic led Serbia with 17 points.
In other games Italy defeated China 92-51, England upset Argentina 68-63 as Gordon Pharrow scored 19 points and Jules Dang Akodo added 18 and Turkey beat Slovenia 95-79 behind Furkan Korkmaz’s 17 points.
Spain led by 28 points from Marc Garcia and a double-double by Sima Yankuba (14 points, 12 rebounds) romped over Bosnia & Herzegovina 85-55 and host Germany scored the first 16 points of the game and cruised to a 115-73 win over Japan behind 24 points from Lars Kamp and 22 points from Mahir Agva.
More to come from the Albert Schweitzer Tournament this evening after a big USA- Ukraine match up.
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