June 1, 2008
HUIZHOU, CHINA - After a long week of traveling, the Conference USA All-Stars were fatigued, and Team China took advantage of it, as C-USA fell, 91-68, Sunday in the final exhibition game between the Conference USA All-Stars and the Chinese Basketball Association.
Shawn Taggart led Team C-USA with 12 points. China led, 17-12, with 1:21 left in the first quarter. But, midway through the second quarter, it was 41-25, China and they never looked back as Team C-USA would only get as close as 14 the rest of the way.
"Team China got better and better throughout the three games and I hope we helped them in their preparations for the Olympics," said Coach Calipari. "I thought this game was well officiated - very well officiated in fact. I think my team played well overall, but tonight our fatigue set in a bit and that's understandable when kids are away from home this length of time."
Former Team China coach Del Harris arrived in Huizhou in time for the game. He and Team C-USA head coach John Calipari will continue on and give clinics in China for the next few days.
Coach Calipari added, "I'd like to thank the CBA and the people of China who have overwhelmed us with their kindness and openness. I hope everyone knows that our hearts and prayers go out to all the earthquake victims and their families and I hope that we were able to bring a little enjoyment into their lives and offer a temporary diversion. We are thinking of all of those affected and hope that better days lie ahead for everyone. This was a goodwill trip for all of us."