Long Beach, CA – adidas Nations, the premier international grassroots basketball program, concluded tonight at the Long Beach City College Hall of Champions Gym in Long Beach, Calif. In the championship game 2016 USA Team Lillard defeated 2016 USA Team Wall 106-78. 2015 USA Team Howard took home third place with a 52-46 win over Europe.
7’0 Thon Maker led 2016 Team Lillard to the championship with 18 points on perfect shooting. Maker was 6-of-6 from the field as well as 6-of 6 from the charily stripe and also pulled down eight rebounds. Mario Kegler led Team Lillard in scoring with 19 points and was joined by Eron Gordon (16), Dennis Smith (16) and DeAaron Fox (13) in double-figures. Team Wall was led by Rawle Alkins with 19 points, Dewon Huell (11) and Maverick Rowan (10).
In the game for third place Chase Jeter, who announced his decision to attend Duke after the game, was impressive for 2015 Team Howard with 14 points and pulled down a tournament high 16 rebounds. Jaylen Brown led the team in scoring with 19 points but didn’t have an effective offensive game as he shot only 3-of-16. Brown did draw fouls, attempting 16 free throws and making 13.
Team Howard won the game despite shooting only 17.9 percent (12-of-67) for the game including 2-of-21 on three-pointers. The Europeans also did not shoot well. Their leading scorer 6’8 Mouhamed Thaim (Senegal) needed 20 shots to score 16 points. Thaim also grabbed 10 boards while 6’10 Sidibe Bourama (ali) added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
We’ll post our All-Tournament Teams tomorrow. Once again thanks to the adidas staff for their hospitality at the event
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