PORTLAND- Ryerson Rams men's basketball coach Roy Rana helped the World Select Team snap their two-year drought at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden on Saturday night, guiding the global juniors to an 84-75 triumph against the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select Team in front of over 10,000 spectators.
Taking the helm as Head Coach of the World Selects for the second straight year, Rana notched his first victory at the Summit. It was the World's first win in two years and fourth overall since the annual event began in 1995.
The annual game is played under international rules and features the top high school boy senior players of the USA playing against the top players 19-years-old or younger from around the world.
Down by as many as 18 points in the first half, the USA fought back to take a 75-74 lead with 3:20 remaining in the game before the International squad closed on a 10-0 run to capture its fourth win and largest margin of victory in the 15-game history of the event.
"Wow, special win for us, for the World Team," said Roy Rana (Canada), head coach of the World Team. "I know it hasn't happened too often, so anytime you get a win over the USA it's a good feeling. I thought we got off to a tremendous start and then hung on for our lives."
Canadian product Andrew Wiggins notched a team-high 20 points and added seven rebounds for the World Selects, while Shabazz Muhammad recorded a contest-best 35 for Team USA.
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