Chenzhou, China – The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (3-2) used a fast paced offense to run away from Italy (1-4) tonight in Chenzhou by a score of 100-79. Marcus Bryd led eight Americans in double-figures with 15 points. Byrd hit 3-of-5 three-pointers in his best game of the tour. University of Detroit product Paris Bass of Italy led all scorers with 26 points.
The Americans had energy and effort from the start, taking a 25-21 lead after the first quarter and extending the lead to nine points (53-44) at halftime. They took further control in the second half eventually extending the lead to 24 points (90-66) before coasting to the win.-
Besides Bryd, Reggis Onwukamuche had his best game, scoring 13 points, grabbing eight rebounds, slamming home three dunks and making a 15-footer from the key. The USA’s guard play was solid. Brandon Hogg (14 points) and Bubu Palo (10 points) both got past their man at will and drew seven fouls. Antonio Robinson (10 points) played great defense and came up with four steals. Greg Howard (10 points) played with a lot of energy and Anthony Young (11 points) was solid from the outside. Devin White (13 points, 6 rebounds) was solid inside as the two USA centers combined for 26 points and 14 rebounds.
This was the best shooting game for the Americans as they hit 54 percent (29-of-54) two-pointers and 40 percent (6-of-15) from long distance. They came back from a poor effort on the boards vs. Lithuania to out-rebound the taller Italians by ten (39-29) with 14 offensive rebounds to six for Italy. Even though the USA All-Stars played quickly they only had nine turnovers and forced 17 Italian turnovers. This was the best overall performance for the team.
The Americans close action tonight in Chenzhou against China (2-3). China is coming off an exciting 87-86 win over Lithuania (4-1) last night in Guiyang before a sold out crowd. The Chinese came back from a six-point final minute deficit with the help of four late Lithuanian fouls.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars
Prince Obasi (Seattle/Colombia) 1 point, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Bubu Palo (Iowa State/NBADL) 10 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals
Antonio Robinson (East Carolina/England) 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals
Greg Howard (West Liberty/Mexico) 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Brandon Hogg (Southern Indiana/England) 14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
Preston Ross (Western Carolina/Germany) 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Anthony Young (Kentucky Wesleyan/Argentina) 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist,1 steal
Caleb Sutton (Judson/Lithuania) DNP – Injured
Marcus Byrd (Denver) 15 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Devin White (Northwestern State/Germany) 13 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block
Reggis Onwukamuche (Prairie View A&M/Mongolia) 13 points, 8 rebounds. 1 steal, 1 block
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