Dushanzi, China – The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (5-1) beat China (1-4-1) for the third straight time at the Four Nations tournament by the score of 101-75. It was the fifth consecutive win for the Americans on the tour. The USA was led by 6’11 center Teeng Akol, who after some pre-game inspiring words from Head Coach James Andrisevic, delivered his best performance of the tour. Akol finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks and helped the USA to a +11 rebounding advantage.
Jordan Swing (14), Taylor King (14), Greg Howard (13), Anthony Mason Jr. (12) and Ruben Guillandeaux (11) also scored in double figures for the Americans. Mason Jr. has another solid all-around game with nine rebounds and six assists. Troy Brewer came up with two steals to help open the game up and Guillandeaux has his best effort of the trip. The crowd of 3,429 left disappointed as China was never seriously in the game.
The USA was very effective on shots after penetration or after solid ball movement. They shot 40-of-58 on two-point field goal attempts (68 %) while taking only 12 three-pointers (making three). They only took one three-pointer in the second half as they extended their lead to 31 points. Guillandeaux’s lay-up in the final minutes broke the 100 point barrier for the first time on the tour for the Americans. On past tours the officiating favored the host Chinese, but on this tour the officials have been very fair. In this game the USA was called for 13 total fouls vs. 15 called against China.
Today is long travel day with a three-hour bus ride to Urumqi, a four-hour flight to Chongqing and then a four-hour bus ride to Laizhou, in the mountains of Hebei province. The team will play the final two games of the tour against Lithuania, first in Lichuan tomorrow night, then in Enshi on Thursday.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Head Coach James Andrisevic: “The guys finally came out strong out of the gates. We never really let China into the game and I felt their spirits were somewhat broken. It’s nice to beat China three out of three. Our effort on the boards and in ball distribution continue to improve. We’ll get a chance to avenge our loss to Lithuania in the next two games. I’m sure we’ll be up to it.”
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars
Cameron McCaffrey (Augustana) 5 points, 4 assists
Hunter Williams (Troy) 4 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 1 steal
Jordan Swing (UAB) 14 points (4-of-5 2PT, 2-of-2 3PT) 4 rebounds, 1 steal
Greg Howard (ABA) 16 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist
Anthony Mason Jr. (St. John’s) 12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal
Ruben Guillandeaux (La Salle) 11 points (5-of-6 FG), 3 assists, 1 steal
Taylor King (Duke/Villanova) 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks
Teeng Akol (Western Kentucky) 17 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks
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