PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s not that he doesn’t know what losing feels like, certainly he’s experienced the agony of defeat in the past; it’s just that when it comes to suiting up for USA Basketball, Terrance Ferguson has an extra sense of pride.
“It’s for my country,” Ferguson said. “I just want to win even more.”
Ferguson has already captured three gold medals on USA Basketball’s U16, U17 and U19 teams and posted a 19-0 record.
Saturday at the Nike Hoop Summit he made it 20-0.
Ferguson scored 21 points, all on three-pointers, to help the USA Junior National Select Team steamroll the World Select Team 101-67 at the Moda Center. It was the most lopsided victory in Nike Hoop Summit history.
Ferguson’s seven threes broke the Nike Hoop Summit record for threes made; the previous record of six was shared by Xavier Henry (2009) and Casey Jacobsen (1999).
Jayson Tatum scored 14, Payton Pritchard added 12 and Markelle Fultz added 11 in the win.
Wesley Silva scored nine while Andres Feliz, DeAndre Ayton, Isaia Cordinier and Ziming Fan added eight points apiece for the World Select Team in the loss.
“I just had to put my hand in some ice when I went in the back,” Ferguson joked. “I don’t even really want to tough this mic; it’s still hot. I just had it going. The first few felt good and I knew it was on. They just kept feeding me after that. I just said, ‘Throw it up!’ That was the plan, throw it up.”
USA jumped out to a 16-0 lead early behind a defensive swarm, which accounted for nine turnovers, six steals and three shot clock violations. Tatum scored six quick points to spark the run.
World Select scored its first basket with 3:08 left in the first quarter, a put-back dunk from Udoka Azubuike.
“Our focus coming into this game was on defense,” Tatum said. “I feel like we did a good job with that then T. Ferg got hot.”
World Select cut it to just eight early in the second quarter, but Ferguson drained four consecutive threes, six total in the quarter, to help USA secure a commanding 44-22 lead at halftime.
Ferguson’s hot hand in the first half had his name trending on Twitter.
Team USA opened the second half on a 16-3 run to keep the lead insurmountable.
Now nine of the players at the Nike Hoop Summit will head off to Brooklyn, N.Y., for the Jordan Brand Classic, which tips April 15 at Barclays Center.
“It was fun just to go out with a big win with all of the guys,” USA forward Josh Jackson said. “A lot of us have played USA Basketball for year and this was a cool way to end it.”
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