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August 10, 2009

Irving leads USA East to Championship

MORE: Barnes and Selby shine for USA | USA struggles in Nike World Games

HILLSBORO, Ore.- A monster effort by Tristan Thompson and his Canadian team just wasn't quite enough to hold back a second half comeback by the USA East, who squeaked out a 105-104 Nike Global Games championship behind a strong effort byKyrie Irving.

A free throw by Okaro White with seven seconds on the clock ended up the winning difference for the USA, after trailing by as much as 12 points in the third quarter and down six to start the fourth.

Irving led the way for the USA squad, scoring 26 points on 10-15 shooting, 2-3 from behind the arc and 4-4 from the line.

Will Barton also shot a high percentage making 10-15 shots for 20 points.

Josh Selby put up numbers once again, scoring 18 points on 6-16 shooting, 2-5 from behind the arc and 4-5 from the line. He also had a team high five assists.

Roscoe Smith was the Leading rebounder for the USA with nine boards, and he also scored 12 points and two blocks.

White put up a solid stat line as well with 11 points on 3-4 shooting, 5-6 from the line, seven rebounds and two blocks.

For Canada, Thompson was the games high scorer with 29 points on 11-19 shooting and 7-13 shooting from the line. He also was the game's high rebounder with 11.

Mangisto Arop, who had a strong showing throughout the event, scored 18 points on 7-12 shooting, 2-3 from behind the arc and 2-2 from the line and also grabbed eight rebounds and three steals.

Myck Kabongo went for 15 points on 5-12 shooting 2-6 from behind the arc and 3-4 from the line. He also dished out a game high seven assists.

In coming Marquette freshman, Junior Cadougan provided 13 points on 6-10 shooting and six rebounds.

Fifth Place Game: USA West/South 116, USA Midwest 104

A 28 point effort by Harrison Barnes wasn't enough for the Midwest squad. Barnes, who carried his team throughout the event, hit 10-18 shots, 3-7 from behind the arc and 5-7 from the line. He also had eight rebounds and three assists.

J.T. Terrell led the West/South team with 27 points on 9-18 shooting, 5-10 from behind the arc and 4-5 from the line.

He got support from C.J. Leslie, who had 20 points on 9-14 shooting, eight rebounds and three blocks.

2011 prospect Quincy Miller put up a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. He also had four blocks for the West/South.

For the Midwest, Barnes got some help from Adreian Payne, who produced a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Perry Jones scored 16 points on 7-11 shooting but didn't grab a rebound.




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