U.S. Rallies To Beat Russians
The United States (1-0) contingent of players scored their first win at the 2002 Albert Schweitzer Games by virtue of a 79-74 come from behind win over Russia.
"We got us a ‘W' tonight against the Russians," assistant coach Kevin Nunley said. "We trailed the whole game and we were down 7 in the fourth quarter."
Brandon Bowman, an L.A. Westchester senior scored 16 points to lead the team. "He had a four-point play in the fourth quarter that gave us our first lead of the second half," Nunley said.
Following Bowman's lead, a group of underclassmen came alive. Elijah Clarke (Lincoln H.S.) scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Ikene Ibekwe came off the bench to score 12. J.R. Reynolds wasn't about to let the team lose either.
"We tweaked a couple of things and J.R. decided that he was going to put us on his back and scored on three straight possessions," Nunley said.
Scouts from the Mavericks and Pacers were in attendance, obviously taking in a lot of the action with the foreign players.
The United States has off on Tuesday and takes on Australia Wednesday evening.