The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars had a hard fought come from behind 58-50 victory over Brazil as the Brazilians put forth a valiant effort without two injured post players. This was the first of three games to be played in Dong Xiang.
After a three-point shot in the opening minute of the game by Adrian Ritchie, the USA never scored again from the floor (only two free throws) and shot 1-of-13 for the quarter. After trailing 13-5 at the end of the first period, the Americans managed to close to within one at half (23-22) however they were still only shooting 16% from the field.
Thanks to a hustling defense and good effort on the boards the USA squad was able to stay close enough that when their offense picked up they had a chance to win the game. Brazil didn’t go away easily though, they also played hard defensively and were able to drive to the basket to create scoring opportunities throughout most of the match. Most of those coming from Vanessa who scored a game high 15 points and Ramona who chipped in with 11.
In the second half, the American team started attacking off the dribble more and found their way into the lane which caused the Brazilian defenders to foul, The USA then capitalized by scoring 21 points from the line. Jamie Russell was a key contributor to the aggressive style of offense and Sam Ostarello, who led the team with 12 points, scored on offensive rebounds and driving moves of her own.
For the game, Brazil held the American side to 26% shooting (14-of-53) on two-pointers and only 16% from long distance (3-of-18). The Americans ability to limit turnovers, gain extra possessions on the offensive glass and play hard on defense were huge keys to pulling out the win. Ultimately, they won it at the foul line by hitting several key free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Afternoon USA/Brazil Attendance: 3850
China vs. Australia played before a sellout, standing room only, crowd after a long opening ceremony featuring 4 speeches, the introduction of former China Basketball officials, and on floor acts from a drum corps, a dragon show, a singer, the parade of teams, cheerleaders, dancers, and acrobats.
Final Stats for this game will come tomorrow when stats are finalized as they were not available at the time of this post. We’ll alsp add more photos later on.
Meghan Fulps (#4) 5’7 PG (Santa Clara) 0 points
Adrian Ritchie (#5) 5’11 G (Green Bay) 7 points
Jamie Russell (#6) 5’8 G (Illinois State) 9 points
Jacqui Kalin (#7) 5’8 PG (Northern Iowa) 4 points
Kate Thompson (#9) 6’4 F (Michigan) 6 points
Sam Ostarello (#11) 6’2 F (Purdue) 12 points
Lauren Oosdyke (#12) 5’11 F (Northern Colorado) 3 points
Samantha Heck (#14) 6’2 F/C (Evansville) 7 points
Stephanie Sension (#15) 6’3 F/C (Green Bay) 2 points
Morgan Johnson (#16) 6’5 C (Iowa) 8 points
4 Izabella Sangalli – 7 points
5 Alana DaSilva – 0 points
6 Carla Patricia – 2 points
7 Vanessa Goncalves – 15 points
8 Carolina Ribeiro – 5 points
9 Monique Perei – 4 points
10 Bruna Nathiely – 0 points
11 Maria De Oliveira – DNP (Injured)
12 Maria Claudia – 2 points
13 Isabela Ramona – 11 points
14 Lorraine Silva – 4 points
15 Leticia Viviane – DNP (Injured)