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August 11, 2008

Nike Global Games: final day

BEAVERTON, Ore.- In an all-USA finals at the Nike Global Challenge, Avery Bradley continued his torrid scoring to lead his squad to a convincing victory.

Championship Game: USA Two 117, USA One 104

Once again Bradley had the hot hand for USA Two, scoring 25 points on 10-18 shooting from the field. As usual most of the damage came from the midrange as Bradley also contributed four assists and three steals.

Bradley's running mate Abdul Gaddy, who was named American Co-MVP along with Bradley, played a solid game dishing out seven assists while also scoring 12 points.

A stabilizing force off the bench for USA Two when they were down early in the game, Jordan Hamilton muscled his way to ten rebounds while also scoring 16 points and dishing out four assists.

John Henson led USA Two with 11 rebounds and also scored eight points.

The X-factor for USA Two was 2010 five-star prospect Roscoe Smith, whose inspired play produced 22 points on 10-13 shooting and seven assists.

Smith wasn't the only underclassman to play well for USA Two. Portland native Terrence Jones scored eight points, grabbing nine rebounds and blocked three shots, and Reggie Bullock had 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals.

For USA One, Demarcus Cousins was a dominate force but was limited to only 19 minutes on the court because of foul trouble. During those minutes, however, Cousins was unstoppable scoring 29 points on 12-17 shooting from the field.

Controlling the boards for USA One was Alex Oriakhi, who grabbed 11 rebounds and also scored 18 points.

Harrison Barnes, who only played 16 minutes despite never being in foul trouble, was solid with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Third Place Game: Canada 83, Serbia 68

Canada controlled this game from the outset against a lethargic Serbia squad. Alwayne Bigby paced Canada with 23 points. Cory Joseph, who ran the point the majority of the game, added 17 points on 4-10 shooting, 9-10 from the free throw line. He also dished out three assists without turning the ball over. Gonzaga commitment Mangisto Arop scored 14 points on 4-9 shooting, including a perfect 3-3 from the arc and 3-4 from the line. An extremely active player, Arop also pulled down eight rebounds, had three steals, one assist and six turnovers.

One of the top players in the event, Nikola Markovic led Serbia with 19 points.

Fifth Place Game: USA Three 98, Lithuania 85

John Wall set the table and DeShaun Thomas and Jeremy Tyler finished with authority. With his game in fifth gear, Wall produced seven assists to only one turnover while Tyler made all seven of his attempts from the field and Thomas hit ten of his 13 attempts. Thomas hit for a game high 23 points, and Tyler scored 15. Gary Franklin scored 15 as well. Wall was the other double figure scorer with 12 points.

Sima Buterieviscius and Mindauga Kuzminskas both scored 22 points for Lithuania.

USA All Tournament Team

Harrison Barnes
Demarcus Cousins
John Henson
DeShaun Thomas
John Wall
Avery Bradley Co-MVP
Abdul Gaddy Co-MVP


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