Shenzhen, China – Slovenia used crisp passing and solid three-point shooting to defeat the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars 98-82 at the Bao’an Gymnasium in Shenzhen. The Slovenians shot 13-of-35 on three-pointers compared to 4-of-17 for the Americans. Slovenia was coming off a 22-point win over Denmark in their last game and are playing the best of the four tournament teams.. Denmark came back from that loss to defeat host China by six points in tonight’s first game.
6’9 Sasa Zagorac led the winners with 16 points, hitting 3-of-5 from long distance. Miha Lapornik added 15 and Blaz Mahkovic 14. Garrett Nevels had his best all-around game for the Americans with 17 points and seven rebounds while Johnathan Loyd added 15 points and six assists. Loyd drew six fouls and was 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. Josiah Heath registered his third double-double of the tour with 12 points and ten rebounds.
The USA couldn’t blame the loss on the officiating, ending the game with a +22 advantage in free throws with Slovenia being called for 14 more fouls. Slovenia had a +6 rebounding advantage, had four fewer turnovers and 12 more assists.
USA All-Stars Head Coach Bruce Chavka: “Our team just didn’t have any energy tonight and Slovenia was really on their game. We’ll try to learn from this one and come back to play strongly against Denmark tomorrow night.”
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (13-20-23-26 = 82)
Johnathan Loyd (Oregon) 15 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal
Garrett Nevels (Hawaii) 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
Tyler Gaffaney (Claremont) 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Tyrone White (Bakersfield/D-League) 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Andrew Warren (Bradley/D-League) 9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assists, 2 steals
Kyle Coston (Portland State/New Zealand) DNP
Keith Chamberlain (Grinnell/D-League) 2 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Josiah Heath (Canisius) 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists
Teeng Akol (Western Kentucky/Mongolia) 6 points, 6 rebounds
Joe Wolfinger (Citadel/Japan) 7 points, 4 rebounds
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