Anthony paces Team USA to win in Nike Hoop Summit
Guard Cole Anthony's 25 points, eight rebounds and four game-clinching free throws helped Team USA rally for a 93-87 victory Friday night in the 22nd annual Nike Hoop Summit at Moda Center.
Anthony, son of former Trail Blazers guard Greg Anthony, began his scoring in the second quarter with 10 points, but the U.S. squad of top high school players still trailed 58-54 at halftime.
Anthony's counterpart, Nico Mannion (Italy) paced the World with 28 points for the game. The son of former NBA player Pace Mannion, he was 7-for-12 on field-goal shooting, and had five rebounds and five assists.
But Mannion had a late 3-point attempt blocked by Isaac Okoro, and Anthony followed with his late foul shots before the crowd of 10,011.
Precious Achiuwa (Mali) added 15 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and four blocks for the World.
James Wise of Team USA had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Wendell Moore Jr.'s 13 points helped the U.S. bench outscore the World reserves 42-31.
"Tonight was a tough game," U.S. coach Scott Fitch said. "We knew going in that it was going to be tough. They were very prepared. They were strong. They played very physical and pushed us around a little bit. I didn't think that they would beat us on the glass, and they did. So, I'm really proud of our team for hanging in there, because I thought we showed a lot of culture. I think the culture kind of won the game tonight."
Team USA shot .500 from the field while the World shot .372. The World made only 20 of 38 free throws to 17 of 23by the U.S.
"We could've divided, and we didn't. Cole took over in a couple stretches," Fitch said.
Team USA leads the series 15-7 and has won four of the past six meetings.
"I had a killer time in the beginning, a slow start," Anthony said. "I think that's what gave them their confidence for the rest of the game. I have to give a lot of credit to the World Team. they came ready to play.
"We just fought through it, and as the game went on, as a team we didn't divide."