The Four Nations Tournament recently concluded in China. The event matched the national teams of China, Slovenia and Denmark with the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars. Games were played in Chenzhou, Jiahe, Shenzhen and ZaoZhuang, China to capacity or near-capacity crowds.
The USA team came on strong to win their final three games to finish the event in second place with a record of 4-3. Slovenia (5-1) won the tournament with China and Denmark finishing with records of 2-4 and 2-5 respectively.
Several USA players were honored on the All-Tournament teams. Johnathan Loyd (Oregon) was named to the All-Tournament 1st Team and was named MVP of the USA Team. Loyd averaged 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 3.1 steals over the seven-game event. Loyd played his best game in the final 111-82 win over Denmark in which he scored 20 points to go along with 11 assists, six rebounds and a blocked shot.
Three Americans, Andrew Warren (Bradley), Garrett Nevels (Hawaii) and Josiah Heath (Canisius) were named to the All-Tournament 2nd Team. Warren averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals. He had 20 points in a 91-84 win over China. Nevels played strongly throughout the tournament averaging 14.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.7 steals. Heath averaged a double-double in his first international games averaging 12.9 points and 11.1 rebounds over the seven games.
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