Tuesday, March 9, 2010

FIBA All-Star Game: Europe 93, Rest of the World 89

Angel McCoughtry looks rather pensive.

My understanding is that the FIBA All-Star Game was more a display of players than it was an actual game. With nothing at stake but having a good time and some bragging rights, Europe beat the "Rest of the World" team 93-89 in Gydnia, Poland in front of 4500 spectators.

The game report, box score, play-by-play and a small gallery are all here. In addition, one can find a highlight video here and if you want to see the entire game from start to finish, you can watch it here. (In either case, McCoughtry is #10 for the red team.)

Europe got a good start in the first but the Rest of the World went on a 15-2 run on the waya to a 25-20 first quarter lead. The Europeans answered with a 9-2 record in the second and took the lead again. It was a two-basket game for most of the second quarter, with Marta Fernandez scoring the final second quarter points to put Europe up 47-46 going into halftime.

The fight continued in the third quarter. The Rest of the World threatened to make a mini run, but an Anna Vadja jump shot with time expiring in the third closed Europe to three points, 75-72. Both teams traded baskets in the fourth, and with 1:15 left the Rest of the World closed to 90-89 with a jump shot by Angel McCoughtry. Candice Dupree got a steal but Rebekkah Brunson missed the jump shot for the non-Europeans. Sandine Gruda missed the shot for the Euorpleans, and Catherine Joens got the rebound with 30 seconds left.

Unfortunately, Clara Bermejo Moreno stole the ball from Erin Phillips with eight seconds left. Agnieszka Bibrzycka added a 3-pointer as time expired for the final score.

Agnieszka Bibrzycka was named as game Most Valuable Player, scoring 20 points in 23 minutes. Angel McCoughtry said:

"Biba played a great game and deserves to bring home the MVP trophy. I have never played in a game like this and I hope it was only the first with a lot more to come. Congratulations to the Europe team."

A high point - or maybe a low point - was when McCoughtry attempted a 360-degree layup in the third quarter - but it didn't happen.

Emmeline Ndongue added 12 points and five rebounds to the Europe tally. Laura Macchi scored 10 points and four rebounds.

For the Rest of the World team, Rebekkah Brunson was the lead scorer with 15 points and three rebounds. Candice Dupree added 11 points and nine rebounds. But the top performer for the non-Europeans was Angel McCoughtry:

13 points
5-for-12 shooting
7 rebounds
3 assists
24 minutes of play

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