Enshi, China – The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (7 -1) completed their two-week China tour with their seventh consecutive victory, a tough 89-83 win over Lithuania (3-4-1) The Americans won the championship in the Four Nations Tournament which also featured China and Canada. Taylor King exploded for 31 points, his best game of the tour, to lead the USA to the win. Anthony Mason Jr. had a another solid game with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.
The USA had the early lead and lead by six points at halftime but Lithuania, helped by their three-point shooting and offensive rebounding stayed in the game. The game was tied at 80 in the final minute. The key basket for the Americans was Jordan Swing’s drive and lay-in with 38.6 seconds remaining to put the USA up 84-81. Lithuania then missed two shots from the foul line and were forced to foul the Americans. Cameron McCaffrey made four free throws in the final seconds to clinch the game and provide the final margin of victory.
The USA shot 72 percent on two-point field goal attempts (33-of-46) but once again had trouble shooting from deep (3-of-17). Lithuania had a +9 advantage on the offensive boards and made seven more three-pointers than the USA. The USA was effective on cuts to the basket and had a +22 advantage on points in the paint helped by King’s 13-of-15 shooting on two-point attempts.
The team travels home today, first heading to Guangzhou from Enshi, followed by the flight to Los Angeles.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Head Coach James Andrisevic “It isn’t often that a team can win seven straight games in major international competition as this team has done. I felt the team improved significantly over these two weeks. We exhibited excellent teamwork and persistence in getting through eight games in 12 days. It was a great experience for everyone involved.”
Cameron McCaffrey (Augustana) 5 points, 2 assists
Hunter Williams (Troy) 3 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
Jordan Swing (UAB) 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Troy Brewer (American) 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Greg Howard (ABA) 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals
Anthony Mason Jr. (St. John’s) 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block
Ruben Guillandeaux (La Salle) 6 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists
Taylor King (Duke/Villanova) 31 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks
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