The NetScouts Basketball USA Men’s All-Star Team completed their first leg of the China tour with a record of 3-0 as they defeated China 77-70 in a thriller. The USA used excellent defense to hold China to 12 points in the fourth quarter to win in from of a loud crowd of 4,569.
The game was tight throughout the contest. China was effective from long-distance in the first half shooting 7-for-15 on three-pointers. China was up by one point at the half and two of the USA’s bigs, included Tyler Cain, were in foul trouble. Cain would up fouling out while Adam Waddell had four fouls.
With the USA up by one point with eight minutes to go, Rhode Island’s Lamonte Ulmer came up with back-to-back steals and transition dunks, including one monster windmill that brought the house down and causing China to call a timeout. Lance Jeter then followed with two jumpers finishing an 8-0 run, The USA then missed a chance to put the game away by turning the ball over on a 4-on-1 fastbreak. The play resulted in a dunk for China as the crowd really got into it, singing and chanting for their national team.
On the next possession, Ulmer came from nowhere to tip the ball away, come up with the steal and another dunk after the steal. That gave the USA a 74-70 lead with one minute to go. After a China miss, Taj McCullough put the game away with a three-pointer.
“We did a tremendous job of neutralizing their size, defending pick and rolls, and competing on the glass, said Head Coach John Peterson. “And our ability to move the ball against their zone and create shots off penetration was excellent”
Marquis Jones: 12 points, 0 rebounds, 1 assist
Anthony Gurley: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists
Lance Jeter: 11 points, 3 rebound, 3 assists
LaMarcus Reed: 3 points, 1 rebound, 0 assists
Taj McCullough: 12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assists
Lamonte Ulmer: 19 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist
Tyler Cain: 6 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists
Adam Waddell: 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist
Brian Addison: 4 points, 5 rebounds, 0 assists
Orion Outerbridge: 3 points, 7 rebounds, 0 assists
Today is a travel day for the men as they head to city number 2.
The NetScouts Basketball Women’s team is getting ready to face the Chinese National Team in the first of a three-game nationally televised series called the 2012 Longrich Cup Sino-American Women’s Basketball Pre-Olympic Challenge.
We had a brief practice this morning and are planning strategy to face the Chinese. China is very tall with 6’6 and 6’9 players. We’re hoping that our athleticism and depth to give us the advantage. We’ll certainly have to play extremely well to escape the Chinese home court advantage. In the last NetScouts Basketball Chinese tour our USA All-Stars beat the Chinese National “B” team by seven points but were outshot from the foul line 29 to 8. We expect more of the same tonight.