NBA Global Academy’s third pool game was competitive throughout. Despite not shooting well from the three-point line, NBA Global Academy kept close through the first three quarters through good ball movement and offensive rebounding, that led to second-chance efforts.
NBA Global Academy held a 9-point lead late in the fourth quarter, that led to intentional fouls from World Select Red and repeated trips to the free throw line. Back-to-back threes from World Select Red closed the gap, but the boys held steady and made 13 of their 14 free throw attempts, leading to a 34-18 Q4 and a 89-77 win.
Mojave King was second on the team in scoring, with 13 points, 4 rebounds and a steal. His athleticism helped create breaks in the defence and second-chance baskets, but made only 1 of 4 threes this game.
King currently leads the tournament in scoring (53 points) and free throw accuracy (8/8) and is tied for first rank on three-pointers made (7), alongside teammate Santiago Vannet NBA Academy China’s Honglin Qiu.
Egyptian centre Aly Khalifa impressed through all games as a solid scoring option and defensive cog, and recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block. He currently is ranked second in the tournament with 10 assists made.
Taran Armstrong was the only player on the team who made more than 1 three in this game; he was 3 of 6 from the 3-point line, and came away with 11 points. Joshua Giddey scored 11 points (5/7 on two-point field goals), 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Giddey is tied for second place in steals made in the games (7), together with TSF’s Issa Muhammad.
Blake Jones had 4 points, 2 rebounds, and missed all four of his three-point attempts. He’s fifth in the tournament on field goal percentage (6/8, 75%).
Dyson Daniels and Kane Waters did not score; Daniels had 2 rebounds. Despite his slight stature, Daniels currently is ranked 4th in defensive rebounds (16) in the Academy Games so far.
NBA Global Academy as a team, is shooting 60.7% on field goals, and 36% (31/86) on threes so far. They are second in total assists (53) behind World Select Blue (57), and are ranked sixth in total rebounds (131), way behind NBA Academy Africa (161).
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NBA Global Academy leads the tournament with a 3-0 win streak, and enter the tournament stage next. They face Pool B’s bottom-ranked NBA Academy India (0-3) at 4pm ET on 13 July 2019 (Saturday), which makes it 6am AEST on 14 July 2019 (Sunday).