The Americans played without second leading scorer Tyrone White who sat out with a back injury. That tightened up the rotation and put 7’0 Teeng Akol in the starting lineup. Akol responded with an outstanding 23-point, 12-rebound performance. Oregon’s Johnathan Loyd took control of the USA’s offense and forced the action ending the contest with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Loyd canned 3-of-6 three-pointers. 6’9 Josiah Heath continued his fine play with his fourth double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds). Andrew Warren (13) and Garrett Nevels (10) also scored in double figures for the Americans.
Darko Jukic led Denmark with 14 points. Jukic shot 6-of-7 on two-point attempts but missed all four of the three-point attempts. The USA’s perimeter defense was solid with the Danes hitting on only 11-of-36 three’s. 6’8 Daniel Mortensen was the most effective Denmark player making 5-of-11 shots including three three-pointers and grabbing five rebounds to go along with 13 points.
The USA got off to a quick start taking a 13-point lead after the first quarter and a 52-38 lead at the half. They extended the lead to 22 before Denmark went on a 12-point run, cutting the lead to 10. That was as close as they got as the USA scored the next eight points to put the game out of reach.
The Americans only shot 4-of-16 on three-pointers but made 50 percent of their two-point attempts and shot an outstanding 19-of-22 (86.3%) from the charity stripe. They had a +5 rebounding advantage over the Danes and only committed nine turnovers.
USA All-Stars Head Coach Bruce Chavka: “We played a great all-around game and came with tons of energy. When you play with energy, hit your shots and defend the game is easy. The guys really brought it tonight and Teeng was huge for us.”
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (25-27-22-15 = 89)
Johnathan Loyd (Oregon) 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals
Garrett Nevels (Hawaii) 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
Tyler Gaffaney (Claremont) 0 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Tyrone White (Bakersfield/D-League) DNP
Andrew Warren (Bradley/D-League) 13 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
Kyle Coston (Portland State/New Zealand) DNP
Keith Chamberlain (Grinnell/D-League) 4 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists
Josiah Heath (Canisius) 17 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist
Teeng Akol (Western Kentucky/Mongolia) 23 points, 12 rebounds
Joe Wolfinger (Citadel/Japan) 0 points, 4 rebounds
The tournament in Shenzhen ends tonight with a tussle with China at 9pm local time. The team travels to Shandong province tomorrow morning and will play Denmark on June 30th.
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