MAAC All-Stars Smash Chinese Soldiers Team

July 25, 2005

Yangcheng, China - The 2005 MAAC All-Star Team once again defeated the Chinese Soldiers Team, 104-65, in Yangcheng to improve their record to 6-0 on their China tour.

The game was played at an open-air stadium, filled to capacity and with more fans waiting outside the gates to hear the final outcome.

"This was the most unique coaching experience I have ever been a part of," MAAC All-Stars head coach Jimmy Patsos said. "From coaching in France and Australia to the ACC and the MAAC, the atmosphere of this game had a Final Four feel to it."

The squad jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, going ahead 38-9 after the first quarter, led by Jeff Xavier's (Manhattan) 10 points.

"The team responded well once again," Patsos added. "Jared Jordan (Marist) got plenty of passes out early in the game - 10 in the first quarter - to give us an early lead."

Steve Burtt (Iona) led the way with 21 points, while James Mathis (Niagara) netted 16 points for the MAAC All-Stars. Todd Sowell (Saint Peter's) and Jason Thompson (Rider) added 15 points apiece. Xavier finished with 12 points, and Kiril Wachsmann scored 11 points.