Marcus Hicks Records Double-Double in SEC All-Star Victory over Japan National Team

August 9, 1999

OITA, Japan - The Southeastern Conference All-Star Team slipped past the Japan National Team, 75-73 Monday evening in Oita despite a very slow start against the Japanese zone defense.

Ole Miss' Marcus Hicks recorded a double-double performance for the SEC All-Stars, scoring 13 points and pulling down a team-best 13 boards. Hicks, who did not start, netted his 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 from the free throw line. Auburn's Doc Robinson led the SEC All-Stars with 19 points, while Mississippi State's Tang Hamilton added 16 points.

The zone defense employed by the Japanese squad put the SEC All-Stars behind all of the first half, being down as many as 16 points at one point. However, the SEC made a late surge, capped off by a fall-away three-pointer at the halftime buzzer by Hamilton, to cut the lead to 42-40.

"I thought we came out a little bit sluggish," said SEC co-head coach Rod Barnes, "But you have to give them credit. They (Japan) came out focused and changed the tempo of the game from the night before. They caused us some problems."

In the second half, the SEC All-Stars tried to solve some of those problems beginning with some key points coming out of the break. Robinson and LSU's Brian Beshara each had five points in the first seven minutes to put the SEC ahead. Beshara's three-pointer from the right corner put the SEC ahead for the first time all game, 52-51, with just under 14 minutes remaining.

The game was a back-and-forth battle throughout the second half especially in the game's final minutes when the SEC converted two of its 12 steals into key baskets to maintain the lead.

Florida's Major Parker had a steal and layup to increase the SEC's lead to 71-67 with three minutes remaining. Robinson followed that with maybe the biggest steal of the game when he stripped Japan's Kenichi Sako and took the ball coast to coast for a layup and a four-point SEC lead, 75-71, with 12 seconds remaining.

"I really thought the key to the second half was defense because they didn't allow us to do the things offensively that we were able to do in the first game," said co-head coach John Brady. "You have to have to give them credit, playing a type of game that best gave them the opportunity to win. We've had different people do things well which has allowed us to win and hopefully that will continue."

The SEC All-Stars will have a day away from the court Tuesday as they tour Japan by train from Oita through Kokura and on to Hiroshima. The team will spent a few hours sightseeing in Hiroshima before departing for Kobe late Tuesday afternoon. After rest and a light practice Wednesday morning, the SEC squad will take on the Japanese in game three of the 1999 Basketball Universiade Anniversary Cup Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Japan Time at Green Arena in Kobe.

In the SEC All-Stars' first game on Sunday, Mississippi State's Tang Hamilton scored 25 points to lead the Southeastern Conference All-Star Team to a 95-81 win over the Japan National Team. Sunday's game, which was the first of the 1999 Basketball Universiade Anniversary Cup, was played in Fukuoka, Japan.

Hamilton scored 15 of his 25 points off the bench in the first half, pacing the SEC All-Stars to a 55-41 lead at the break. During a five-minute stretch in the middle of the first 20 minutes, the junior from Jackson, Miss., accounted for 12 of the SEC's 16 points.

Hicks scored six points on 3-of-7 shooting from the field in the SEC All-Stars' first game.

BOXSCORE (GAME TWO)

Japan National Team (73) Takahashi 5-8 3-8 14, Furuta 3-3 3-4 9, Weiss 5-13 6-7 16, Sako 2-7 1-2 7, Orimo 6-12 8-9 20, Setsumasa 0-0 0-0 0, Sakumoto 1-1 1-2 3, Miyanokoshi 0-0 0-0 0, Shioya 2-3 0-0 4. TOTALS 24-47 23-34 73.

SEC All-Stars (75) Hamilton 6-14 1-2 16, Beshara 2-9 0-0 5, Kitchings 0-3 0-0 0, Smith 0-3 3-3 3, Robinson 8-15 2-2 19, Jones 0-4 0-2 0, Dean 0-2 0-0 0, Hicks 5-9 3-6 13, Parker 5-11 0-0 12, Haginas 0-0 0-0 0, Black 2-2 3-6 7. TOTALS 28-72 12-21 75.

Halftime: Japan National Team, 42-40. Three-Point Field Goals: Japan 2-8 (Takahashi 1-3, Sako 1-3, Orimo 0-2), SEC 7-25 (Hamilton 3-7, Parker 2-5, Robinson 1-3, Beshara 1-4, Dean 0-1, Jones 0-2, Smith 0-3). Total Fouls: Japan 17, SEC 25. Assists: Japan 22 (Setsumasa 6), SEC 14 (Robinson 5). Blocks: Japan 1 (Takahashi 1), SEC 2 (Hamilton 1, Black 1). Steals: Japan 5 (Takahashi 2), SEC 12 (Smith 4). Technical fouls: none. Attendance: 3300.

BOXSCORE (GAME ONE)

SEC All-Stars (95) Hicks 3-7 0-0 6, Parker 3-7 1-1 8, Black 6-10 0-0 14, Dean 2-8 2-2 6, Robinson 3-9 0-0 8, Smith 3-8 0-0 8, Jones 2-6 0-0 5, Hamilton 10-14 2-3 25, Beshara 4-8 0-0 10, Haginas 0-2 0-0 0, Kitchings 2-3 1-2 5. TOTALS 38-82 6-8 95.

Japan National Team (81) Takahashi 5-14 0-6 11, Furuta 1-3 6-8 8, Yamazaki 6-8 4-6 16, Hasegawa 1-2 1-2 3, Orimo 9-12 2-2 24, Setsumasa 0-0 0-0 0, Sakumoto 2-4 0-0 4, Miyanokoshi 1-2 1-1 3, Kita 0-1 0-00, Shioya 3-5 3-3 9, Sako 1-2 0-3 3. TOTALS 29-53 17-31 81. Halftime: SEC All-Stars, 55-41. Three-point field goals: SEC 13-33 (Hicks 0-1, Parker 1-3, Black 2-2, Dean 0-1,Robinson 2-6, Smish 2-6, Jones 1-4, Hamilton 3-6, Beshara 2-3, Haginas 0-1), Japan 6-14 (Takahashi 1-4, Hasegawa 0-1, Orimo 4-5, Miyanokoshi 0-1, Kita 0-1, Sako 1-2). Total fouls: SEC 25, Japan 10. Assists: SEC 16 (Robinson 5), Japan 18 (Takahashi 4). Blocks: SEC 3 (Black 2), Japan 2 (Takahashi 2). Steals: SEC 14 (Smith, Jones 3), Japan 6 (Sako 2). Technicals: none. Att.: 2,000.

 

 

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