USA Red 2012 vs. Team Africa:
A lot of focus was put on the USA 2012 Red team that includes Gabe York, Kaleb Tarczewski and Robert Upshaw. After having a bye on Friday night, the team was going to have to play solid and get a couple wins before heading into elimination games on Sunday evening.
The team is really well put together with players that really play hard in all aspects of the game. Players such as Dajuan Coleman, Perry Ellis, and Shaq Goodwin all do a good job inside and out and it makes it very difficult for other teams to have success.
Yogi Ferrell arrived to adidas Nations and with Kyle Anderson still hurt, he would have the primary ball handler duties while York would be able to play off the ball more. York still had some good passes early on Saturday in a matchup with team Africa, who features Zena Edosmwan and Emmanuel Mudiay.
Mudiay suffered a thigh bruise and could not go and subsequently, Team Africa had a tough time keeping up with the talented American team, losing 81-61.
York shot the ball well from deep as well, causing USA Red to get out to a sizable lead, but the bread and butter of this team is their play inside.
Tarczewski is playing with the confidence that many are used to seeing from him. He gets the ball inside and is able to power it up and is playing well on the defensive end as well. The 7-footer plays well with Coleman and, with guards who feed him the ball, he really opened eyes on Saturday.
USA 2012 Red vs. USA 2013 Red:
It was much of the same in the second game of the day, as they played the USA 2013 Red team with the likes of Nate Britt, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Shaqquan Aaron and Chris Walker. Britt did not play as well on Friday but made some adjustments and raised his game for a full day on Saturday.
He still is not shooting the ball well and it seems like he his having problems really elevating and following through on his stroke. Britt still has good form and even though his shot was not falling, he was able to get to the lane and cause problems.
Aaron is very talented and standing at 6-foot-6, 165-pounds, he has really good vision for his size. Sometimes he gets a bit flashy with the ball and that got him in trouble just a bit on Saturday. Usually his shot keeps defenses at bay but the long range shot was not falling for Aaron.
The Harrison twins had an up and down game with the down part coming at the beginning and the high helped lead the younger 2013 back from 20 point deficit. York had 13 points at half time and 2012 was firmly in control.
For some reason, Ferrell stopped sharing the ball and the other players got stagnant on offense, which threw off their entire flow. The 2013 squad came back and shocked a team that looked as if it would be tough for anyone to knock off all weekend.