For release: May 30, 2008
For press information, contact Lamar Chance
HUIZHOU, CHINA – Memphis’ Shawn Taggart led Team Conference USA with 12 points, but
it was not enough as the Chinese National Team posted a 91-68 victory in the final
game of the exhibition tour before a crowd of over 3,500 on Sunday.
“Team China got better and better throughout the three games, and I hope we helped
them in their preparations for the Olympics,” said Team C-USA head coach John Calipari.
“I think my team played well overall, but tonight fatigue set in a bit and that’s
understandable when kids are away from home this length of time.
“I’d like to thank the CBA and the people of China who have overwhelmed us with their
kindness and openness. I hope everyone knows that our hearts and prayers go out to
all the earthquake victims and their families, and I hope that we were able to bring
a little enjoyment into their lives and offer a temporary diversion. We are thinking
of all of those affected and hope that better days lie ahead for everyone. This was
a goodwill trip for all of us.”
Team China held a narrow lead in the opening quarter at 17-12 with 1:21 left. However,
the home squad broke the game open midway through the second quarter, and held a 41-25
lead. From that point, Team China never looked back, as Team C-USA would only get
as close as 14 points the rest of the way.
At halftime of the game, University of Memphis Chinese intern coach Cui Wanjun was
presented his 2008 NCAA Final Four ring. Wanjun, who was on the Tigers’ staff throughout
the 2007-08 campaign, commented that it was “a most precious gift” upon receiving
Former Team China coach and NBA veteran coach Del Harris was at the game and sat closest
to the China bench, wearing a Team China golf shirt. He and Calipari are scheduled
to conduct clinics in China for the next few days.
For more on the China trip (blog and photos), go to http://conferenceusa.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/c-usa-international-08.html