July 18, 2005
Bao Ding, China - Under the direction of Head Coach Jimmy Patsos, the 2005 MAAC All-Star Team raced out to a 2-0 start in its two-week tour of China. The MAAC All-Stars, with Loyola's Josko Alujevic and Brad Farrell resume international play this Wednesday, July 20.
The MAAC All-Stars commenced their seven-game schedule on July 17 with a 106-78 win over the Chinese College All-Stars. Playing in Bao Ding, Jeff Xavier (Manhattan) scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the first quarter as the MAAC All-Stars raced out to a 34-23 advantage at the Sports Stadium. James Mathis (Niagara) registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Kiril Waschmann (Iona) chipped in with nine points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Earlier today, the team improved to 2-0 with a 94-84 victory over the China Junior National Team. Three thousand people were in attendance at the Henan Oil Field and Cultural Stadium to see the MAAC All-Star Team defeat future members of the 2008 Olympic Men's Basketball Team for China. Up 73-72 at the end of the third quarter, the MAAC All-Stars went on to outscore their opponent, 21-12, in the final quarter. Iona's Steve Burtt led the MAAC All-Stars with 19 points, while Mathis tallied 12 points and 15 rebounds.
The All-Stars face the Shanghi Sharks, the former team of NBA's Yao Ming on July 20.