World Select Team Beats USA Juniors, in Nike Hoop Summit Game April 09, 2012 14:41

The Nike Hoop Summit game took place at the Rose Garden in Portland on Saturday, with the World Select Team upsetting the heavily favoured USA junior National Select Team. Despite an impressive pefromance from future NBA Star Shabazz Muhammad, the World Select Team still won 84-75.

The USA team were down by as many as 18 points in the first half, but they stormed back after the break to take a 75-74 lead over the World Team with 3:20 left on the clock. The International team had other plans however, going on a 10-0 run, to close out the game.

“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. “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."

USA's teenage star, Shabazz Muhammad, set a Hoop Summit record by scoring 35 points in the game ( on 12 of 27 shooting), he also finished with 9 rebounds and 2 assists in 39 minutes of playing time.

“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.”

Canada's Andrew Wiggins led the World Select Team with  a team high 20 points. China's Wang Zhelin added 19 points and 8 rebounds and Croatia's Dario Saric tallied 13 points to go with a team high 14 rebounds.