USA Comeback Falls Short, World Team Holds On For 84-75 Victory In 2012 Nike Hoop Summit
Portland, Ore. • April 7, 2012• Box Score • Quotes
Despite a record-setting 35 points from the USA’s Shabazz Muhammad (Bishop Gorman H.S. / Las Vegas, Nev.), the World Select Team captured an 84-75 win over the USA Junior National Select Team in the Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday night at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.
Down by as many as 18 points in the first half, the USA fought back to take a 75-74 lead with 3:20 remaining in the game before the International squad closed on a 10-0 run to capture its fourth win and largest margin of victory in the 15-game history of the event.
“Obviously, we were down 52-34 at halftime. We had forced nine turnovers, but we dug a hole of 10-0,” said USA head coach Kevin Boyle (Montverde Academy, Fla.). “We got it to 32-26, and I think they out-scored us 20 or 22-2 to end the half to go up 18. We weren’t rotating good on defense. We were kind of standing and watching a little bit on offense. I don’t know if we started the game a little tight from the atmosphere, a lot of guys playing international basketball for the first time, or if they just came out more aggressive. In the second half we forced 14 turnovers, were able to turn them over a lot, able to get back into the game. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the job done with the hole being so large.”
Muhammad, in addition to setting the event scoring mark, also tied the U.S. record for field goals made (12) and set a new high for field goals attempted (19), while Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony H.S. / North Bergen, N.J.) grabbed a U.S. record-tying 10 rebounds to go with 12 points and four assists.
“I wasn’t really aware of (the scoring record),” Muhammad said. “I just thought my shot was going in tonight. I thought we really played well in the second half with the rotations on defense. If we would have done that in the first half, we would have come closer to winning the game.”
A trio of double-digit scorers led the World Team. Canada’s Andrew Wiggins tallied 20 points, including six attempted 3-pointers, tying the International record. China center Wang Zhelin added 19 points, and Croatia’s Dario Saric scored 13 points to go with 14 rebounds, which tied the previous World Team high.
The USA was plagued by ice-cold 35.9 percent (28-78 FGs) shooting from the field and was out done of the glass by a 57-34 margin. In fact, the World Team’s 57 rebounds established a new game high for the international squad.
“Wow, special win for us, for the World Team,” said Roy Rana (Canada), head coach of the World Team. “I know it hasn’t happened too often, so anytime you get a win over the USA it’s a good feeling. I thought we got off to a tremendous start and then hung on for our lives.”
The USA was sluggish in the first few minutes and trailed 10-0 before Muhammad put seven consecutive points on the board for the Americans, bringing the score to 12-7 with a pull-up at 6:15. The two teams were nearly even over the next 3:45, but two 3-pointers from the World Team helped push their advantage to 21-14 at the end of the first quarter.
The USA worked its way back to a six-point, 32-26, deficit with a fast-break bucket from Anderson at 5:09, however, the World Team outscored the USA 20-8 over the next five minutes and took its largest lead of the game into the halftime locker room, 52-34.
A 6-0 run to close the third quarter helped the USA cut the gap to nine points, 64-55, heading into the final 10 minutes.
The USA battled back in the fourth quarter and, after outscoring the World squad 20-10, took its first and only lead of the game, 75-74, with 3:20 on the clock. The USA’s lead was short-lived though, as the Internationals went back on top 78-75 with 45 second to go. The Americans’ fate was sealed when, with the shot-clock nearly expired, Wiggins heaved a 3-pointer that found the bottom of the net and put the game out of reach, 81-75, with just 22 seconds remaining.
Gary Harris (Hamilton Southeastern H.S. / Bowie, Md.) added eight points for the USA, while Archie Goodwin (Sylvan Hills H.S. / Little Rock, Ark.) finished with seven.