Monday, April 13, 2009

Wall shines in Nike Hoop Summit loss

Raleigh Word of God point guard John Wall scored 13 points, set the game record with 11 assists and tied the game record with five steals in the United States' 97-89 loss to an international all-star team in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore.

Wall, 6-foot-4, is the top-ranked high school player in the country by

"Their big man got it going in the second half and their guards hit two threes back-to-back in crunch time," Wall told USA basketball afterwards.

"No game is going to be easy. Even though you're getting the highlights and getting the crowd into it, a team that is big caliber and can make shots like they can, I knew the game wasn't over. They started making the shots...the lead started getting lower and lower, and they came out with a good win."

Xavier Henry led the U.S. team with 22 points. Avery Bradley had 21. John Henson had 10 points and 9 rebounds

Serbia's 6-foot-9 Milan Macvan scored 23 and Lithuania's 7-foot Donatas Motiejunas added 21 as the World 19-and-under team got its first victory in the series since 1998, when Dirk Nowitzki led the foreign stars.

-- Tim Stevens