Lichuan, China – The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (6-1) edged Lithuania (3-3-1) for their sixth straight win before a sellout crowd of 4,896 at Lichuan Stadium. Anthony Mason Jr. had a stellar game for the winners with 25 points, 10 rebounds, six rebounds, six steals and two blocks. The USA had a +19-point advantage with Mason in the game.
The USA was up 37-30 at the half and extended the lead to 14 points midway through the third quarter. The Lithuanians came back with solid ball movement and timely three-point shooting. The Americans were only up by two points when Greg Howard scored on an offensive put-back in the final minute to extend the lead to four points. Point guard Tadas Rinkunas then hit a three-pointer for Lithuania with 2.8 seconds left to cut the American lead to 78-77. Ruben Gallindeaux was then fouled with 0.1 seconds remaining. He made the first free throw and missed the second one purposely to provide the final 79-77 margin.
Cameron McCaffrey played a solid game at point guard for the USA with 13 points and four assists and showed the ability to adjust the offense against Lithuania’s changing defensive schemes. The USA was content to work the ball inside as well as to push the pace for transition baskets. They attempted only six three-pointers, making four. Lithuania had a +5 advantage on the boards.
The team travels to Enshi tomorrow on a two-hour bus ride. Enshi, a city of about four million, is the fifth, and last stop on the tour. The final game against Lithuania will be on Thursday night.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Head Coach James Andrisevic “A win is a win but I was disappointed in the guys for letting Lithuania back into the game. I didn’t like our intensity and we didn’t show consistent energy. It was apparent that we were not going to win this game without Anthony on the court. Give the Lithuanians credit for not givng up and taking the game to the final possession. We’re looking to finish the tour on a high note on Thursday night.”
Cameron McCaffrey (Augustana) 13 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
Hunter Williams (Troy) 2 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists
Jordan Swing (UAB) 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal
Troy Brewer (American) 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Greg Howard (ABA) 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Anthony Mason Jr. (St. John’s) 25 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals, 2 blocks
Ruben Guillandeaux (La Salle) 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Taylor King (Duke/Villanova) 6 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks
Teeng Akol (Western Kentucky) 4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks
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