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1998 USA Junior National Select Team

IVth Nike Hoop Summit -- 1998

  • Date:
    Feb 11, 2014

San Antonio, Texas • March 29, 1998


Behind a record 33 points and 14 rebounds from 6-foot-11 German Dirk Nowitzki, the International Select Team defeated the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team, 104-99, March 29 in the fourth annual Hoop Summit at the Alamo Stadium Gymnasium in San Antonio, Texas.

Germany's Nowitzki and 6-foot-9 USA standout Al Harrington helped rewrite the Hoop Summit record book, as Harrington's 26 points were the most scored by a U.S. player in the Hoop Summit. Harrington also established new U.S. records for field goals made (10) and field goals attempted (19), while Nowitzki set International team records for free throws made (19), free throws attempted (23), and tied the team record for steals (3).

All told, 20 team and individual records were tied or broken at the 1998 Hoop Summit. The USA squad matched its record for team 3-point field goals made (5) while setting a new record for 3-pointers attempted (23). The USA also registered a record 20 steals, keyed by a record four steals apiece by guard Jason Capel and Rashard Lewis. JaRon Rush tied the U.S. record for free throw accuracy (10-10 FTs). The International team matched its highest point total (104), also achieved in 1996, while establishing team records for free throws made (39), free throw attempted (60), rebounds (55) and steals (13).

In a foul-plagued game in which the two teams were whistled for 64 fouls (resulting in five USA players and one international player fouling out) and shot a combined 96 free throws, the International team sealed the win when it outscored the U.S. 8-2 in the game's closing minutes after the USA had pulled within a point, 91-90.

Capel made one of two free throws to close the International team's lead to one, 91-90, but Darius Songaila and Antonio Fotsis scored back-to-back field goals, then Nowitzki made two free throws to give the Internationals command 97-90 with just over two minutes remaining. The International team went on to capture the 104-99 victory after scoring its final seven points from the foul line.

The USA led by as many as nine in the opening half, taking a 21-12 advantage 12:14 to play in the first half behind nine points from Harrington and six more by Lewis. The U.S. led 40-32 with under five minutes to play in the half and 49-46 with 1:09 to go, but the International team closed the half by outscoring the U.S. 6-0 to take a 52-49 lead to the locker room at halftime.

The two teams traded leads nine times in the second half and the U.S. held a five point advantage 76-71 with 9:33 to go. However, the International team put together an 11-1 run to take charge 82-74 with 6:55 to play and the USA never again led. In the second half, Nowitzki scored 19 points, while Australia's Matthew Nielsen scored 12 of his 23 points to key the win.

"I think that the International team's rebounding wore us out as the game went on," said USA head coach Don Showalter. "We got a little bit tired and they really took it to us on the glass. But, I think it was very good that these kids got a chance to experience international basketball."

"I thought this was a fun game," stated USA standout Lewis. "We have to give credit to the International team. They really started bringing more people up to challenge us and that made it difficult for us to run our offense at times. They created a lot of problems for us and we had trouble keeping the pressure on them as well."

The USA's scoring effort was paced by Harrington's 26 points and nine rebounds. Lewis added 18 points, as did Rush. St. John's University signee Erick Barkley added 14 points, and University of North Carolina signee Ronald Curry checked in with 10 points and a game high four assists.

1998 USA BASKETBALL MEN'S JUNIOR NATIONAL SELECT TEAM ROSTER

NAME HGT WGT AGE HIGH SCHOOL / HOMETOWN / COLLEGE
Erick Barkley 6-1 170 20 Maine Central Institute/Brooklyn, NY/*St. John's (N.Y)
Jason Capel 6-8 220 18 St. John's at Prospect Hall/Frederick, MD/*North Carolina
Ronald Curry 6-2 190 18 Hampton/Hampton VA/*North Carolina
Dane Fife 6-4 185 18 Clarkston/Clarkston, MI/*Indiana
Al Harrington 6-9 238 18 St. Patrick/Elizabeth NJ/undecided
Tony Kitchings 6-10 270 18 South Aiken/Aiken, SC/*South Carolina
Rashard Lewis 6-10 220 18 Elsik/Alief, TX/undecided
Quentin Richardson 6-6 225 18 Whitney Young / Chicago, IL/*DePaul
JaRon Rush 6-7 215 18 Pembroke Hill/Kansas City, MO/*UCLA
Stromile Swift 6-9 210 18 Fair Park/Shreveport, LA/*LSU
Ray Young 6-5 200 17 St. Joseph Notre Dame/Alameda, CA/UCLA
HEAD COACH: Don Showalter, Mid-Prairie High School (Wellman, IA)
ASSISTANT COACH: Boo Williams, AAU Hampton Roads (Hampton, VA)

*Signed a National Letter of Intent with school indicated

 

1998 Nike Hoop Summit Box Score

World Select Team

REBOUNDS
PLAYER FGM-FGA 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA OFF DEF TOT PF PTS AS TO BS ST MIN
* J. P. Coelho 1 - 2 0 - 1 1 - 2 0 1 1 1 3 1 6 0 0 8
* M. Neilsen 6 - 8 1 - 1 10 - 14 2 5 7 0 23 1 3 0 2 30
* S. Camara 1 - 5 0 - 0 0 - 0 3 1 4 0 2 0 1 1 1 16
* D. Gadzuric 0 - 0 0 - 0 1 - 4 0 2 2 3 1 0 2 1 1 12
* D. Nowitzki 6 - 12 2 - 3 19 - 23 2 12 14 3 33 2 4 0 3 30
A. Fotsis 4 - 5 1 - 2 1 - 3 0 1 1 2 10 1 2 0 0 14
A. Michelori 1 - 1 0 - 0 0 - 4 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 5
L. Scola 5 - 13 0 - 1 4 - 6 4 6 10 5 14 1 2 0 1 22
B. Ferrer 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 9
A. Latimer 2 - 8 0 - 3 0 - 0 2 0 2 2 4 3 0 0 1 13
D. Lauwers 1 - 4 1 - 2 3 - 4 2 2 4 4 6 4 4 0 2 23
D. Songaila 3 - 5 0 - 0 0 - 0 2 2 4 3 6 3 3 0 2 19
TEAM 1 2 3
TOTALS 30 - 63 5 - 13 39 - 60 21 34 55 27 104 16 30 2 13 200
USA Junior National Select Team

REBOUNDS
PLAYER FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT PF PTS AS TO BS ST MIN
* R. Curry 4 - 12 0 - 1 2 - 5 0 2 2 5 10 4 4 0 3 26
* J. Rush 4 - 15 0 - 4 10 - 10 1 5 6 5 18 0 2 2 3 29
* Jason Capel 1 - 1 0 - 0 3 - 4 3 1 4 4 5 2 3 0 4 22
* R. Lewis 7 - 10 2 - 3 2 - 2 3 0 3 5 18 1 3 2 4 30
* A. Harrington 10 - 19 1 - 4 5 - 8 3 6 9 4 26 2 0 0 3 32
E. Barkley 5 - 12 0 - 4 4 - 7 2 1 3 5 14 3 4 1 2 20
Dane Fife 1 - 3 1 - 3 0 - 0 1 0 1 5 3 0 0 0 0 17
R. Young 2 - 4 1 - 2 0 - 0 1 1 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 6
Q. Richardson 0 - 3 0 - 2 0 - 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
K. Lyde 0 - 2 0 - 0 0 - 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 10
T. Kitchings 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
S. Swift Injured
TEAM 1 3 4
TOTALS 34 - 81 5 - 23 26 - 36 18 19 37 39 99 12 18 6 20 200

Officials: Manny Reynoso, Mike Hamsy

Attendance: 4,500 

SCORE BY PERIOD 1...
2...
...Total
International Select Team... 52...
52...
...104
USA Junior Select Team 49...
50...
...99

 

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