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Nike Hoop Summit

The USA Basketball Junior National Select Team defeated the World Select Team Saturday night in the 14th annual Nike Hoop Summit, 92-80, led by three of the top seniors in the country in Duke-commit Austin Rivers (20 points) and Kentucky-commits Michael Gilchrist (16 points, five rebounds and five blocks) and Anthony Davis (16 points and 10 rebounds). USA overcame the first-ever triple-double in Hoop Summit history posted by Bismack Biyombo (Fuenlabrada, Spain), who tallied 12 points, 11 rebounds and a Nike Hoop Summit record 10 blocked shots. Mateusz Ponitka also had a good game for the World Team with a team-high 17 points and four rebounds.

Overall, the USA squad was simply too talented and played great defense which resulted in the World shooting 37.5% from the field and just 14.3% in the first quarter as the USA raced out to a 20-12 lead. The only time the USA squad trailed was an early 7-4 deficit in the first quarter. However, Gilchrist took the game over by scoring seven of the game’s next nine points, giving USA an 11-9 lead. Team USA never looked back by only allowing the World within three points the rest of the game and held a lead as large as 20 when Rivers scored eight points in the fourth quarter. The United States now holds an 11-3 record over the World Team and has won the last two match-ups.


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