The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars recently won the championship of the “Four Nations” tournament in China. They won seven straight games after losing their first game to Lithuania by one-point in overtime. The final team records were: USA (7-1), Lithuania (3-4-1), China (3-4-1) and Canada (2-6).
The teams played eight games in the Chinese cities of Yuling, Dushanzi, Karamay, Lichuan and Enshi.
Five USA players were named to the All-Tournament team, led by tournament MVP 6’7 Anthony Mason Jr.. Mason Jr. averaged 17.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.4 apg, 2.9 spg and 1.0 bpg acting as a facilitator of the USA’s offense from the point forward position. His best game was a 25-point, 10-rebound, six-assist, six-steal effort in a 79-77 win over Lithuania.
Joining Mason Jr. on the First Team are Taylor King and Greg Howard. The 6’8 King led the USA in rebounding at 8.8 per game while scoring at a 14.8 ppg clip. In the final game against Lithuania, King came up with his best game scoring 31 points on 13-of-15 two-point FG shooting and pulling down eight rebounds.
The 6’3 Howard provided consistent scoring from the off-guard position with 15.3 ppg to go along with 4.0 rebounds per contest. Howard had a 23-point, eight-rebound game in a 115-97 win over China.
6’6 Jordan Swing and 6’1 Cameron McCaffrey were named to the All-Tournament Second Team. Swing was solid in averaging 11.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.0 apg and 1.9 spg. McCaffrey was the primary point guard for the Americans and averaged 9.5 ppg and 2.3 apg while averaging only one turnover per game.
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