Rieger, Lyle step up, lead JBA USA to victory in European finale

Team JBA USA needed someone to step up when Jordan Ray left the game in the second quarter with a wrist injury.

Harrison Rieger and Deon Lyle stepped in and helped Team JBA USA to a 115-101 victory on Tuesday night against BCM U Pitesti at Oprea Arena in Pitesti, Romania.

The victory is the finale to the European portion of the International Tour.

LiAngelo Ball led JBA USA (15-3) with 42 points to go with his seven assists and four steals.

“It’s all about keeping my head in the game,” Gelo said. “I know my three pointers weren’t going in, so I needed to get to the cup. I wanted my guys to play confident as well. That is what got us the win. I’m seeing myself getting better everyday. I try to add new parts to my game to make it harder for the defender to stop me. If my three ball isn’t working, I’m going to have to work it from the inside.”

Jordan Ray left the game in the second quarter and did not return. Ray only scored four points with two assists.

With Ray gone, Curtis Hollis stepped in and took over at point guard. Hollis scored 29 points with eight assist and eight steals.

Hollis wasn’t the only one who stepped up for JBA USA. Harrison Rieger scored 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Deon Lyle stepped in as well, having his best game of the tour, scoring 15 points with a team high 13 rebounds.

“It’s our last go around with this team until the break ends,” Lyle said. “I just wanted to give it all I got and contribute for my team as much as possible.”

JBA USA were only outrebounded 52 to 46 against the best rebounding team in Romania.

JBA USA stole the ball 19 times to Pitesti’s seven. Pitesti turned the ball over 21 times to JBA USA’s seven.

Maksym Komiienko led Pitesti with 24 points and 17 rebounds while Tony Bishop scored 16 points and grabbed seven boards. Ivan Siriscevic scored 13 points while Radu Paliciuc and Marius Ciotlaus each scored nine points for Pitesti.

Melvin Davis scored seven points to go with his seven rebounds for JBA USA in their European finale.

“This win is great for our team being where we started in Europe,” JBA USA coach Doyle Balthazar said. “We got our first two losses in the second week of this tour. We ran off with 12 in a row and won 14 out of the last 15 games. I’m so proud of my guys. They stuck with it the whole time. I’m just grateful to be around these fellas. They have improved over this European part of the tour by the way they stayed professional at all times. We made a few changes early in the season. Guys kept battling and kept coming to work everyday. They have been working hard all the time while we try to get the best out of them. They have proved it here in Europe that they’re really good.”

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