Werner Named MVP As CBA Wins U.S. Challenge

RALEIGH, NC -- NC State signee Dan Werner scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in the final of the Glaxo U.S. Challenge to lead CBA past Seattle (WA) Prep 42-26.

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    Seattle Prep battled hard for 32 minutes, but Dan Werner's presence proved to be too much to for the Panthers to overcome. Werner tallied 16 points and six rebounds to lead Christian Brothers Academy to a 42-26 victory in the finals of the U.S. Challenge at the Glaxo Invitational.

    Werner, who was named U.S. Challenge MVP, connected on 6-of-7 seven field goal attempts, including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe. The 6'8 combo forward played under control and added three assists and three steals.

    "I usually go to the ball more," Werner said. "But they pressuring and denying me, so tonight I looked to cut back door more often."

    Christian Brothers Academy established the tempo it wanted, slowing the game down and reducing possessions. Both teams combined to attempt just 20 field goals in the first half. Werner had six points in the first half on just three attempts.

    "Werner is a great player, but what sets him apart is how he involves the rest of his teammates," Seattle Prep head coach Mike Kelly said. "He makes every one of them better."

    Dan Werner
    The Panthers played both games in the Glaxo without elite 6'11 center Spencer Hawes. The Washington signee didn't travel to Raleigh because of an ankle injury and the Panthers really missed his presence in the paint.

    To overcome their lack of size, the Panthers tried to limit Werner's touches, and the extra attention received he received provided open opportunities for his teammates, especially forward Tim Andree.

    Andree matched Werner's six rebounds and was the game's only other double-digit scorer as he chipped in 11 points.

    Despite the play of Werner and Andree, Seattle Prep closed the gap to three points in the fourth quarter, but Werner drilled a contested three and then dished out two assists to help regain the Colts comfortable margin.

    "It was a big-time shot from a big-time player," Colts Coach Ed Wicelinski said of Werner's three-pointer. "He had a man in his face, but he stepped up and delivered."

    In the two games of the Glaxo U.S. Challenge, Werner averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. He hit 13-of-17 field goal attempts (76.5%)including 5-of-6 (83.3%) from behind the 3-point line.

    U.S. Challenge Awards
    Most Valuable Player: Dan Werner (Christian Brothers)
    Most Outstanding Player: Brent Vinson (Phoebus)

    Tim Kornegay (Goldsboro)
    Daquan Joyner (Goldsboro)
    Jordan Brandon (Seattle Prep)
    Jordan Bremond (Seattle Prep)
    Tim Andree (Christian Bros.)

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