Yuling, China – Lithuania edged the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars 81-80 as point guard Tadas Rinkunas scored on a driving lay-up with 2.8 seconds remaining in overtime. The USA had one last chance but a contested three-pointer from Greg Howard rolled around the rim and fell out as the Lithuanians celebrated.
Jordan Swing had given the USA 80-79 lead with seven seconds left converting on two free throws. Lithuania also sent the game to overtime by tying the contest at 67 with 1.2 seconds left.
The Americans raced out to a 23-7 first quarter lead before Lithuania got it together and cut the lead to 34-31 at halftime. Lithuania proceeded to take a 5-point third quarter lead before the USA, helped by key baskets from Howard and Anthony Mason, went ahead by 63-56 with 2:48 left. Howard had a thrilling dunk over a Lithuanian defender to provide the USA with the momentum. The USA missed six of their last 12 free throws to give Lithuania a chance to tie the game late.
The USA was ahead 75-73 when Mason was called for a foul and then a technical for arguing with the referee. Lithuania made three of the four foul shots to take a one-point lead. The USA, making only 1-of-2 free throw s after being fouled on three consecutive possessions, helped Lithuania stay close.
Howard (25 points) was exceptional for the USA, making key shots on several occasions. Mason played a solid game, ending with a double-double and was the glue as the USA took their late lead. 6’7 Remigijus Suginas led Lithuania with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting while 6’9 Edvinas Jezukevicius registered 14 points and 13 rebounds and Rinkunas added 17 points.
The USA was outrebounded by 26-14 at halftime then battled evenly on the boards in the second half. The Americans forced Lithuania into 29 turnovers but couldn’t take advantage of that as they missed many key opportunities. They failed to covert on four transition baskets with a 3-on-1 advantage and shot only 25 percent on three-pointers (6-of-24).
Cameron McCaffrey (Augustana) 7 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals
Hunter Williams (Troy) 6 points (2-of-4 3’s), 1 steal
Jordan Swing (UAB) 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals
Troy Brewer (American) 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Greg Howard (ABA) 25 points (8-of-11 2FG) 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Anthony Mason Jr. (St. John’s) 12 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals, 1 block
Ruben Guillandeaux (La Salle) 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Taylor King (Duke/Villanova) 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals
In the first game China topped Canada 91-77. China shot 65 percent on two-point field goal attempts and outrebounded Canada by a 45-29 margin.
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