U.S. tops Lithuania to win SHAPE tourney
By MICHAEL ADUBATO | SPECIAL TO STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 7, 2010
MONS, Belgium — The U.S. Armed Forces won the 47th SHAPE International Basketball Tournament by beating defending champion Lithuania, 78-71, in a fast-paced final Saturday night.
The Americans were led by a pair of Air Force second lieutenants: Andrew Henke had 19 points and Matt Holland, who continued his tournament-long solid play, had 14 points and five rebounds. Holland, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate stationed at Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif., was voted the tournament’s MVP by coaches.
Other Americans in double-digit scoring were Army second lieutenants Cleveland Richard with 15 and Kenneth Brewer with 11, plus a team-leading six rebounds.
The Lithuanian team, which plays in a professional league in their country, trailed 40-38 at half, but took charge of the game early in the third period before the U.S. regained control. The U.S. outscored Lithuania 20-15 in the final period to hold off their Baltic opponents.
In the bronze-medal game Latvia, who lost to the Americans in the semifinals, overcame a stubborn Belgian side managed by American Sam Staggers. The Belgians missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer and lost, 65-63.
US ARMED FORCES 78, LITHUANIA 0
US ARMED FORCES (4-0)
HENKE, Andrew 5-13 5-10 19; RICHARD, Clevland 5-9 3-4 15; HOLLAND, Matt 5-12
0-0 14; BREWER, Kenny 3-7 5-8 11; ROBINSON, Antonio 2-4 2-3 6; BARTLEY, Ron
2-6 0-0 5; NELSON, Marcus 2-2 0-2 4; JOHNSON, Craig 1-2 0-0 2; NEWMAN,
Brandon 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-57 15-27 78.
Lithuania........... 22 16 18 15 - 71
US Armed Forces..... 21 19 18 20 - 78
3-point goals-Lithuania 0-0 (None), US Armed Forces 11-26 (HENKE,
Andrew 4-10; HOLLAND, Matt 4-9; RICHARD, Clevland 2-3; BARTLEY, Ron 1-4).
Fouled out--Lithuania-None, US Armed Forces-None.
Rebounds-Lithuania 0 (None), US Armed Forces 41 (ROBINSON, Antonio
7). Assists-Lithuania 0 (None), US Armed Forces 21 (NELSON, Marcus
7). Total fouls-Lithuania 0, US Armed Forces 16. A-343
Antonio Robinson, a Coast Guard petty officer third class, splits two Lithuanian defenders and leans in for a layup during the Americans' 78-71 win in the finals of the SHAPE International Basketball Tournament on Saturday. Robinson finished the game with six points.
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