It was Groundhog Day for the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars as they lost for the second straight day in the same exact way. This time Canada was the winner, edging the Americans 75-73 as Kyle Wiltjer (Kentucky) made two foul shots after being fouled on an offensive rebound with .5 seconds left in the game.
Canada played strongly in the first half and entered halftime with a nine-point lead. The USA All-Stars, playing much more effectively than they did in their first contest against Latvia, trimmed the deficit to four points with four minutes left in the game.
Devin Sweetney (St. Francis-PA) hit a long range three-pointer with 26 seconds remaining to tie the game for the USA. On the ensuing possession Canada shot a missed floater in the lane. However, Oliver McNally fouled Witljer on the offensive rebound and Wiltjer made the two free throws.
Following a timeout, Sweetney’s three-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer and Canada escaped with the win. It was the second loss in a row for the Americans from opposing free throws with less than a second remaining in the game, both times coming on fouls called during offensive rebounds.
The USA’s second half comeback was fueled by Mike Moore and Sweetney. Moore hit 3-of-5 three-pointers while Sweetney made 4-of-7 from deep. The Americans shot only 29% on two-point FG attempts but were 11-of-27 (41%) on three-pointers. Canada shot 7-of-25 (28%) on three’s and 41% on two-pointers. Canada held a slight 37-33 rebounding edge.
China defeated Latvia 74-58 in the second game. 6’8 Xiaochuan Zhai led China with 13 points while 6’9 Lin Chang added 11 points. No one from Latvia scored in double-figures. China shot 57% on two-pointers for the game.
Tomorrow ends the first three-game set with the USA playing China and Canada vs. Latvia.
Derek Needham, PG (Fairfield) 2 points, 4 rebounds
Oliver McNally, G (Harvard, NBL Canada) 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
Derrick Rodgers, PG (Portland) 0 points, 0 rebounds 1 steal
Mike Moore, G (Hofstra, Lithuania) 15 points, 5 rebounds
Robert Crawford, G/F (Central Arkansas) 3 points, 0 rebounds, 1 steal
Mike Davis, C (Seton Hall, Romania) 0 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Jonathan Morse, F (Metro State) 5 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
Devin Sweetney, G/F (St. Francis-PA, NBL Canada) 25 points (4-of-7 3’s), 3 rebounds
Roger Franklin, F/G (North Texas) 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Jason Conrad, C/F (Chico State) 6 points, 2 rebounds
Isaac Butts, C (Appalachian St., NBL Canada) 2 points, 4 rebounds
Kevin Pangos, G (Gonzaga) 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Brady Heslip, G (Baylor) 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Kyle Wiltjer, F (Kentucky) 17 points, 3 rebounds
Melvin Ejim, G (Iowa State) DNP
Thomas Scrubb, F (Carleton) 11 points, 4 rebounds
Mangisto Arop, G (Indiana State) 0 points, 1 rebound
Laurent Rivard, G (Harvard) 0 points, 4 rebounds
Philip Scrubb, G (Carleton) 8 points, 3 rebounds
Dwight Powell, F (Stanford) 16 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Jordan Bachynski, C (Arizona State) DNP
Murphy Burnatowski, F (Colgate) 0 points, 2 rebounds
Owen Klassen, F (Carleton) 4 points, 6 rebounds
Daniel Mullings, G (New Mexico State) 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
Grant Mullins, G (Columbia) DNP