Karamay, China – The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (4-1) topped China (1-3-1) for the second time on the tour once again playing a strong second half in a 89-78 win. Anthony Mason Jr. led the Americans with 21 points and added nine rebounds. Jordan Swing contributed 17 points, Greg Howard scored 13 while Taylor King recorded his second straight double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. King has 30 rebounds over the last two contests.
A vocal crowd of 4,218 saw China come out of the gates strongly. They made 10-of-15 shots in the first quarter including 5-of-8 on three-pointers as they took a 25-19 lead at the close of the period. The USA improved their defense in the second quarter and helped by six points from Swing took a 44-43 lead at halftime. The Americans extended their lead gradually in the second half and held China to 35 second half points en route to the victory. The win was the fourth straight for the USA after the opening one-point overtime loss to Lithuania.
This was the best game on the boards for the USA as they had a +12 rebounding edge on China and held a 14-4 edge on the offensive boards. All of Howard’s five rebounds were offensive. Once again the USA had more assists (15) than turnovers (11) and also came up with nine steals, five more than the Chinese. China cooled off a bit after their hot first quarter shooting but still made 11-of-21 of their three-point attempts. The USA was only 6-of-20 on three-pointers but shot 55 percent on two-point attempts.
The team will head back to Dushanzi today and play China for the third and final time tonight at 8:30pm local time.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Head Coach James Andrisevic “The guys came out a little flat tonight. China shot the ball really well in the first half. We made some adjustments at halftime and were able to pull it off in the second half. We executed much better offensively after the first quarter and had a solid defensive effort in the second half. . I thought we fought well on the boards. It’s tough beating a team of China’s caliber three times in a row but we’ll do our best tonight.”
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars
Cameron McCaffrey (Augustana) 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Hunter Williams (Troy) 0 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Jordan Swing (UAB) 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Troy Brewer (American) 4 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists
Greg Howard (ABA) 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assists
Anthony Mason Jr. (St. John’s) 21 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal
Ruben Guillandeaux (La Salle) 7 points, 4 assists, 1 steal
Taylor King (Duke/Villanova) 11 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Teeng Akol (Western Kentucky) 9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block
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