Zao Zhuang, China – The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars closed out play on their tour with a resounding 111-82 romp over Denmark. The game was played in a small, filled to capacity gymnasium in Zao Zhuang in front of enthusiastic fans who have never had an international basketball game in their city. This is the southern-most city in Shandong Province.
The Americans took control at the start and maintained a double-digit lead through most of the first three quarters. They put the game away in the fourth quarter outscoring a game, but tired Denmark squad by 16. The USA gave extended minutes to the players who weren’t starters for much of the tour, and everyone responded. Andrew Warren showed his team-first mentality by volunteering to play limited minutes tonight. Tyrone White returned from a back injury that kept him out of two games to lead the team in scoring with 21 points. Johnathan Loyd continued his stellar play with 20 points, six rebounds, 11 assists and a block. Loyd played to the crowd in making two late three-pointers after cross-over dribbling exhibitions. 7’1 Joe Wolfinger played 32 minutes and scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Keith Chamberlain added 10 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals. Tyler Gaffaney had by far his best game of the trip with 16 points. Garrett Nevels (11 points, five rebounds, five assists) and Josiah Heath (nine points, eight rebounds) continued their excellent play.
The Americans clicked on all cylinders, making 12 three-pointers in 21 attempts, shooting over 55 percent overall and 82 percent from the free throw line. They had a +11 rebounding advantage over the Danes and only committed seven turnovers. It was their third straight game with fewer than ten turnovers.
USA All-Stars Head Coach Bruce Chavka: “This team just keeps improving. It was great to get minutes for the entire team and great to see everyone come through. This tour was a great experience and it should benefit many of the players on our team.”
Johnathan Loyd (Oregon) 20 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Garrett Nevels (Hawaii) 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals
Tyler Gaffaney (Claremont) 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Tyrone White (Bakersfield/D-League) 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal
Andrew Warren (Bradley/D-League) 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Kyle Coston (Portland State/New Zealand) DNP
Keith Chamberlain (Grinnell/D-League) 10 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assist, 2 steals, 3 blocks
Josiah Heath (Canisius) 9 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks
Teeng Akol (Western Kentucky/Mongolia) 5 points, 3 rebounds
Joe Wolfinger (Citadel/Japan) 16 points, 17 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block
The team will now head to Guangzhou for two days of rest and relaxation before heading home on July 3rd. First they will visit an ancient city here in Zao Zhuang. Tour All-Star teams will be announced shortly.
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