Yuling, China – The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars bounced back from a tough loss last night and ran away from Canada to an 96-69 win. The USA went on a run of 30 straight points to turn an early 13-8 deficit into a 38-13 late second quarter lead. The Americans outscored Canada 30-5 in the second quarter.
Taylor King led the USA with 16 points and nine rebounds while Anthony Mason Jr. (15 points, 7 rebounds), Cameron McCaffrey (15), Jordan Swing (13 points, nine rebounds) and 6’11 Teeng Akol (13 points, nine rebounds) also scored in double figures. Canada was led by 6’5 Anthony Ottley who scored 11 quick points and finished with 18. The USA had eight blocked shots led by Akol’s four.
After the USA took a commanding 48-18 second quarter lead the Canadians came out strong in the third quarter and cut the lead to 14 points. The Americans responded and pulled the lead back to 30 by the closing seconds.
The USA shot 9-of-20 on three-pointers led by McCaffrey’s 3-of-3 and King’s 3-of-5. Meanwhile, the Canadians hoisted up 39 three-pointers, making only 10. At halftime Canada was shooting a paltry 4-of-31, including 1-of-12 on two-pointers. The USA had a +9 advantage on the boards and showed much better ball distribution with 19 assists on 26 made baskets.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Head Coach James Andrisevic “We played much better tonight with better ball distribution and a more concerted effort. We still need to play with consistent effort over the entire game as we had lapses tonight, particularly in the third quarter. We’ll need to play hard the entire game tonight to defeat China with a large pro-Chinese crowd expected.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars
Cameron McCaffrey (Augustana) 15 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal
Hunter Williams (Troy) 7 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists
Jordan Swing (UAB) 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
Troy Brewer (American) 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
Greg Howard (ABA) 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Anthony Mason Jr. (St. John’s) 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks
Ruben Guillandeaux (La Salle) 7 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal
Taylor King (Duke/Villanova) 16 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Teeng Akol (Western Kentucky) 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 4 blocks
Lithuania (2-0) edged China (1-1) by four points in the second game. The USA faces ff against China in the late game tonight in he final night of competition in Yuling.
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