Yueyang, China – Bubu Palo led six Americas in double-figures with 15 points as the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (7-2) topped China (4-5) 84-62 in front of 6,112 fans at the new Yueyang Sports Arena last night. The victory resulted in the overall Four Nations tournament title for the Americans as well as the victory in the tournament in Yueyang. It was the fifth straight victory for the USA All-Stars on the tours as the team has been continually getting better.
The USA All-Stars took a seven-point lead after the first quarter, and a 38-30 lead into halftime. The Americans then broke the game open with a 22-10 advantage in the third quarter to take a 60-40 lead into the fourth quarter. The Americans coasted to the victory.
Once again, the USA All-Stars played the game without guards Brandon Hogg as Prince Obasi who were both held out with groin injuries. Reduced to nine players the USA received key contributions from the rest of the roster. Anthony Young (12 points), Caleb Sutton and Reggis Onwukamuche (both with 11 points) and Antonio Robinson and Preston Ross (both with 10 points) joined Palo in double-figures. Onwukamuche played with energy and added six rebounds and three blocks. Devin White also added three blocks and five steals while Marcus Byrd grabbed nine rebounds to lead the team. Greg Howard played excellent defense. Palo could not be guarded by the slower Chinese guards as he continually get past them on drives and drew nine fouls.
The Americans shot well on two-pointers hitting at 65 percent (28-of-43) while only shooting 22 percent on three-pointers (4-of-18). The USA’s perimeter defense was effective as they limited China to five percent (1-of-20) shooting from long distance. China out-rebounded the USA by six and had a +12 rebounding advantage on the offensive boards
Italy (2-6) came back late to top Lithuania (5-4) 91-85 behind 32 points from John Briscoe including 13 in the final three minutes. This was a very successful trip for the USA All-Stars in what will likely be their last trip to China for the year.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars
Prince Obasi (Seattle/Colombia) DNP – Injury
Bubu Palo (Iowa State/NBADL) 15 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal
Antonio Robinson (East Carolina/England) 10 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal
Greg Howard (West Liberty/Mexico) 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Brandon Hogg (Southern Indiana/England) DNP – Injury
Preston Ross (Western Carolina/Germany) 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Anthony Young (Kentucky Wesleyan/Argentina) 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Caleb Sutton (Judson/Lithuania) 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Marcus Byrd (Denver) 5 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists
Devin White (Northwestern State/Germany) 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals, 3 blocks
Reggis Onwukamuche (Prairie View A&M/Mongolia) 11 points, 6 rebounds. 3 blocks
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