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Nike Global Challenge July 15-18: Scores, Stats, Recaps, and Analysis

The wheels were in motion as this field was loaded with top talent from around the globe.

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One of the biggest events of the summer, The 2015 Nike Global Challenge took place July 15-18 at Whitney Young High School in Chicago, Illinois. This eight-team, 14-game tournament featured the four USA Teams (Midwest, East, West, South) comprised of the Top 40 National High School Players, competing against the best International Team Players from Canada, China, Dominican Republic, and Pan Africa.

And a new champion was crowned Saturday as USA South posted an impressive 120-109 upset win over defending champs USA West. Alterique Gilbert (UConn) and Maverick Rowan combined for 56 points, overshadowing a brilliant losing performance of 34 points by Markus Howard. South finished 4-0.

2016 5-Star Shooting Guard Malik Monk was named Tournament MVP. His steady play was evident throughout the four games, averaging 22.4 points, 6.0 assists, and 7.5 rebounds per contest.

USA Midwest defeated USA East 135-119 in the consolation bracket. The Midwest team landed seven players in double figures spearheaded by Charlie Moore's 25 points. Midwest finished 3-1.

This pool play event was played under FIBA rules with four 10-minute quarters and a 24-second clock which explains the high-scoring games, low shooting percentages and silly turnovers. Regardless, it was like watching an NBA All-Star game with plenty of highlights, dunks, phenomenal individual performances, roars from the crowd, and big-name college coaches drooling from the mouth.

Pool A consisted of Canada, Dominican Republic, USA Midwest, and USA West. Pool B fashioned China, Pan Africa, USA East, and USA South. Day One featured six games, Day Two showcased six games, and Saturday hosted two games.

USA West defeated USA East 106-93 in last year's championship game.

In all, there were 25 seniors, 15 juniors, and lone sophomore Javonte Smart of the USA South squad. Actually, 41 players were selected for the 2015 version and 31 of these talents have been offered by Big Ten schools. A whopping 16 5-Stars (per 247/Sports) participated.

The 2015 Nike Global Challenge American Rosters
USA Midwest USA West USA East USA  South
Xavier Simpson De'Aaron Fox Myles Powell Alterique Gilbert
Charlie Moore Troy Brown Jr Lonnie Walker Malik Monk
Cassius Winston Jarred Vanderbilt Ty Jerome Maverick Rowan
Gary Trent Jr Ira Lee DJ Harvey PJ Washington
Jarron Cumberland Schnider Herard Jeremiah Tilmon Tony Bradley
Miles Bridges Markus Howard Matt Coleman Trent Forrest
Tyler Cook Trae Young Curtis Jones Javonte Smart
Nick Ward JaKolby Long VJ King DeJon Jarreau
Derek Funderburk Kristian Doolittle Jonathan Isaac Zach Brown
Jayson Tatum Marquis Bolden Nick Richards Wendell Carter
Brandon McCoy

Day One Thursday July 16

It was total domination by the four USA squads, compiling a perfect 6-0 record with the West and Midwest teams going 2-0 and the East and South rosters finishing 1-0 a piece. The top performer of Day One was Trae Young of USA West with 27 points. Here's a recap of six games:

USA West 86 Dominican Republic 79

The West squad jumped out to a 48-31 halftime lead and never looked back. However, it was a sluggish performance with 16 turnovers, 36.5 percent shooting from the field, 22.7 percent from 3-point range, and a dismal 59.4 percent from the charity stripe.

Troy Brown Jr paved the way with 13 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Jarred Vanderbilt grabbed 15 rebounds. Markus Howard tallied 12 points and Trae Young recorded 10 points.

USA Midwest 100 Canada 87

A suffocating defense forced 28 turnovers, including 18 steals en route to an easy win for Midwest. They also shot 50 percent from the floor as six players scored double-digits.

Gary Trent Jr and Miles Bridges led the way with 17 points a piece. Bridges converted 7-of-10 shots from the field. Charlie Moore and Nick Ward (Michigan State) added 15 points a piece and Jarron Cumberland (Cincinnati) and Xavier Simpson tallied 12 points each.

USA East 89 China 73

China kept it cozy for two quarters, but then the East served up a 48-36 ballroom blitz in the second half to seal the deal. They forced 21 turnovers, including 13 steals with a suffocating defense. Despite shooting 5.6 percent from three territory, the East managed to shoot 47.7 percent overall from the field.

Lonnie Walker poured in a team-high 15 points and four steals for the East. Matt Coleman added 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and Jeremiah Tilmon tallied 11 points and grabbed six rebounds.

USA South 91 Pan Africa 70

Pan Africa only trailed 22-18 after the first quarter, but Team South delivered a 30-17 knock-out spree to take control of the contest. Malik Monk led the charge with 20 points, six assists, and five rebounds. He connected 8-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.

Tony Bradley garnered 14 points and eight rebounds. Zach Brown hauled down a team-high 11 boards and scored 13 points for a double-double.

USA West 97 Canada 90

Canada was gunning for the huge upset, leading 70-66 after three quarters, but Team West unleashed a 31-20 spurt in the final stanza to secure the hard-fought victory and improve to 2-0 on the day.

Trae Young stole the show with 27 points, including 12-of-16 foul shots. Jarred Vanderbilt added 18 points on some hot-shooting of his own, draining 8-of-13 shots from the field.

USA Midwest defeated Dominican Republic 113-78.

Day Two Friday July 17

The four USA teams continued to dominate until they were forced to meet one another. The headliners pitted West vs. Midwest in a barn-burner and South vs. East in a high-scoring affair. The big-time player of Day Two was point guard Alterique Gilbert with 30 points for South. Here's a recap of six games:

USA West 103 USA Midwest 98

This was a see-saw battle between two determined teams. The West led 25-23 after the first quarter, the Midwest bounced back to take a 54-49 lead at the break and a 77-74 lead after three quarters. But a late 8-0 run in the fourth stanza was just enough to pull off the victory.

The West shot 48.7 percent from the field, including a sizzling 53.3 percent from 3-point range. Markus Howard padded that stat with brilliant long-range jumpers (5-of-6 threes) for 19 points. He finished 6-of-12 from the field overall. Jarred Vanderbilt posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. The West's size dominated the boards, 55-39.

Midwest was paced by Jarred Cumberland's 25 points and Nick Ward's 17 points.

USA South 118 USA East 101

This game was another dandy with nine 5-Stars hogging the big stage. The South led from start to finish in this high-scoring affair. It was a well-played game with only 28 turnovers combined.

Alterique Gilbert put on a shooting clinic for the South with 30 points. He was 12-of-19 from the floor, including 6-of-10 from way downtown. Malik Monk added 21 points and Tony Bradley served up 19 points as six players landed in double figures. South canned 53.3 percent from the field, including 44 percent from beyond the perimeter.

The East was paced by Myles Powell, who pumped in 24 points. Ty Jerome (Virginia) added 18 points and DJ Harvey rounded out the scoring with 17 points.

USA South defeated China 96-79.

USA East defeated Pan Africa 105-82.

Dominican Republic defeated Canada 84-73.

Pan Africa defeated China 73-63.

Day Three Saturday July 18

A pair of USA match-ups in the consolation game and the title game with plenty of scoring, high-flying throw-downs, and uncanny shot-making. Team South won it all, but Markus Howard of Team West owned the highlights. And 5-Star Shooting Guard Malik Monk was named Tournament MVP. Here's the recap of both games:

USA Midwest 135 USA East 119 (Consolation Game)

This match-up was played at a blistering pace as the Midwest squad outscored the East in every quarter, including a 38-point outburst in the third quarter. Both teams were sizzling from the field. Midwest shot 67.9 percent and 73.9 percent from the line. East shot 49 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the charity stripe.

It was a well-played game with East committing nine turnovers to 10 by Midwest. Seven players recorded double-digit scoring and Charlie Moore set the tone for Midwest with 25 points. He added six assists and six rebounds. Nick Ward loaded up for 24 points on sickening 10-of-11 shooting from the field. Miles Bridges posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards.

The East was led by Myles Powell, who netted a game-high 30 points, including 6-of-9 from 3-point land.

USA South 120 USA West 109 (Championship Game)

What a finale. South went on a shooting rampage, draining 49-of-81 shots (60.5 %), and West never recovered. Alterique Gilbert and Maverick Rowan shot lights out with 28 points each. Gilbert canned 11-of-22 and Rowan converted 9-of-18 from the field.

Both Malik Monk and PJ Washington recorded double-doubles. Monk scored 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting with 13 rebounds. Washington joined the fray with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Markus Howard dropped a tournament-high 34 points, including 8-of-13 threes for the West. Jarred Vanderbilt played another solid game, hitting his stride with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

And so, once again, BT Powerhouse had it smothered, covered, and delivered Nike Global Challenge style.

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