Big 12 All-Stars Suffer First Loss
August 11, 1998
OOSTENDE, Belgium - The Big 12 Conference All-Star Basketball Team, plagued by foul trouble much of the contest, suffered its first loss of its six-game European tour to the Sunair Basketball Club, 96-79, on Tuesday.
The Big 12 team (3-1) will travel to Germany on Wednesday, where the 11-man squad will play the Rhondorf Dragons. The all-stars conclude their schedule on Thursday against Bonn Germany's Telekom Bonn Basket before wrapping up the tour in Paris.
Whistled for only 19 fouls to the Big 12 team's 32, Sunair converted 31 of 46 free throws. The Big 12, who won the first three games in England by and average margin of 40 points, made 11 of only 15 attempts from the line. In addition to the free throw differential, the Big 12 was hurt by the inside play of 6-11 Daniel Goethals. He scored Sunair's first six points and 10 of the team's first 22. Goethals finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
"The competition certainly improved against Sunair," Texas Tech head coach James Dickey said. "They are a well-coached team. They can shoot the basketball. They have a big guy inside who can execute. We didn't shoot the ball and didn't defend, fouled out too much and it was a long evening."
Forward John Jerome led all scorers with 19 points, making seven of 11 shots, and adding eight rebounds. Mathias Desaver connected on eight of 10 free throw attempts while scoring 16 points. Guard Jean-Marc Juamin made 11 of 13 from the charity stripe en route to 15 points while notching a double-double with 10 assists.
"This is something we talked about before we came over here and that's reacting to adversity," Dickey said. "Certainly, there were some adverse conditions in this ballgame. But, now we have to travel by bus for five hours and get off and play on Wednesday. It's not going to get any easier. What we've got to do is regroup, rise to the challenge and play well in the two games in Germany."
Texas sophomore Chris Mihm scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a starting role. Colorado guard Kenny Price, who has 16 three-pointers in the first four games, scored 15 on five treys as a reserve. Iowa State's Martin Rancik also came off the bench to score 10 points.
"I thought it was a lot better competition," Mihm said. "I knew if they were good over here, they would be fundamentally sound, not flashy, and that's exactly what they were. I think first we might have come in a little bit overconfident from the three wins in England. I made the mistake of helping off early on and you can't do that or they will pick you apart. We just had some guys helping off, and the were good at dishing the ball off."
The Big 12's inside game, which had been so dominant, in the three easy wins in England, was stymied when Kansas center Eric Chenowith picked up his third foul late in the first half and later fouled out when hit with a technical. Mihm was whistled for his third personal with just over two minutes into the second half.
"They really don't let you body up anyone at all," Mihm said. "It's hard. Then, at times we get into an all-star team mentality and we take some shots when we should work around the ball. We have some great players on this team. We have a lot of talent. It's been fun so far. I mean its just one game. They are a heck of a team."
The Big 12 shot 42.9 percent from the floor, hitting 30 of 70 field goals, and connected for eight of its 21 three-point attempts for 38.9 percent. Coming into the Sunair game, the Big 12 had combined to shoot more than 50 percent overall from the field. Sunair, turning many of the Big 12's missed shots into layups, connected on 50.7 percent, including a 31-55 (56.4) performance from inside the three-point arc.
"The guys were talking after the game and we agreed that we got tired," said Oklahoma State senior guard Adrian Peterson. "We started getting frustrated because we weren't hitting the shots that we had been in the first three games. We just got frustrated, started going one-on-one and got really selfish. It's something that happened with a team that has had only two or three days of practice. That's something you can expect. I think we are ready to bounce back the next game."
The Big 12 trailed 49-43 at halftime. Sunair's lead was 55-51 with 15:51 to play after two free throws by Rancik. However, the all-stars came up empty on consecutive possessions. Sunair answered with a 13-4 run to increase the lead to 68-55 with 10:50 remaining.
Near the six-minute point, Mihm made three of four free throws and Baylor forward Jamie Kendrick's putback cut the lead to nine. The Big 12 got no closer the final 5:44 as Sunair reeled off a 12-1 run to build on of two 20-point leads down the stretch.
The Big 12 dug a hole in the first half, falling behind as many as 14 points. The all-stars were hit with 17 personal fouls in the first 20 minutes, but did not reach the bonus as Sunair never hit the eight-foul limit.
The lead changed hands four times over the first six minutes. Missouri's Jeff Hafer canned a three-pointer with 16:00 left in the first half to put the Big 12 up 14-10, the team's biggest lead of the game. Grabbing the lead for good with 13:35 left, Sunair answered with a 10-0 run. Sunair built a 20-14 lead with less than 13 minutes remaining.
Price hit one of his five three-pointers with 11:10 left to cut the Sunair lead to 23-21. The Big 12's rally was short-lived as Sunair streaked to a 14-7 run and built a 37-28 lead with 6:40 to play when Quadre Lollis converted back-to-back baskets for four of his 12 points. A basket by Rancik and a trey by Peterson put the Big 12 within five points, but Sunair took advantage of the all-star's miscues to race to a 47-33 lead with 3:18 before intermission.
The Big 12 group came up with an 8-0 run of its own. Price sandwiched two of his three-pointer's around a Sunair foul for a six-point possession as the Big 12 quieted the Sunair rally. Baskets by Rancik and Peterson cut the lead to 47-43 with 2:00 left.
NOTES: On Wednesday, head coach James Dickey's team made the 30-minute bus ride to Brugge, a favorite tourist attraction for people visiting Belgium...Dickey started Jeff Hafer, Michael Johnson, Jamie Kendrick, Chris Mihm, and Adrian Peterson against Sunair...The Big Ten All-Stars stayed in the same hotel with the Big 12 squad in Oostende. Coached by Michigan head coach Brian Ellerbe, the Big Ten squad is touring Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany for seven games until Thursday, Aug. 20.
SUNAIR BASKETBALL 96, BIG 12 CONFERENCE ALL-STARS 79 BIG 12: Jamie Kendrick 3-6 0-0 6, Adrian Peterson 3-12 0-0 7, Chris Mihm 4-9 6-8 14, Jeff Hafer 2-6 3-3 8, Michael Johnson 2-3 0-0 5, Rayford Young 2-4 0-0 4, Venson Hamilton 2-4 0-2 4, Kenny Price 5-8 0-0 15, Shawn Rhodes 1-2 0-0 2, Eric Chenowith 2-6 0-0 4, Martin Rancik 4-10 2-2 10, TOTALS 30-70 11-15 79.
SUNAIR: Jaumin 2-4 11-13 15, Desaever 4-7 8-10 16, Bayer 2-6 1-4 5, Mitchell 3-7 3-4 9, Lauwers 1-2 0-0 3, Lollis 6-10 0-1 12, Goethals 7-12 2-6 16, Jerome 7-12 5-6 19, De Bel 0-3 1-2 1, TOTALS 32-63 31-46 96.
Halftime - Sunair 49, Big 12 43. 3-Point goals - Big 12 8-21 (Kendrick
0-1, Peterson 1-7, Hafer 1-1, Johnson 1-2, Young 0-1, Price 5-5, Rhodes
0-1, Chenowith 0-1, Rancik 1-2), Sunair 1-8 (Jaumin 0-1, Desaever 0-1,
Bayer 0-2, Mitchell 0-2, Lauwers 1-1, Jerome 0-1). Fouled out -
Chenowith. Reobunds - Big 12 36 (Mihm 9), Sunair 47 (Goethals 13).
Assists - Big 12 14 (Johnson 4), Sunair 24 (Jaumin 10). Total fouls -
Big 12 32, Sunair 19. Technicals - Big 12 bench, Chenowith. Attendance -
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