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Luxembourg overtakes the U.S. in first match of international tournament

June 04, 2009, 7:17 p.m. (ET)

In the first international match since 2007 for USATH’s men, Luxembourg defeated the United States, 39-24.

“We came out strong and were leading halfway through the first half 9-8,” said assistant coach Adam Hodges. “They called timeout and switched defenses, which threw our offense out of sync and they took control. We played all subs late, as did they, and it got fast and hectic the last five minutes.”

This was the United States' first match in the Three Nation Tournament. Friday the men play Bad Schwartau, a professional Bundesliga squad of the Second Division.

Match Statistics

Score at Half: Lux 16 - USA 11
Score Final:   Lux 39 - USA 24

Scoring:
Adam Elzoghby: 9 (4 position, 3 fast break, 2 7m) on 9 of 13 shooting
Gary Hines: 7 (5 position, 2 fast break) on 7 of 10 shooting
Jason Borchik: 3 (3 position) on 3 of 3 shooting
Carsen Chun: 3 (2 position, 1 fast break) on 3 of 5 shooting
Thomas Giordano: 1 (fast break) on 1 of 2 shooting
Jordan Fithian: 1 (fast break) on 1 of 1 shooting

Totals:
14 half-court goals
8 fast break goals
2 7M goals

Blocks: 4 total
2 Borchik
1 Fithian
1 Scott Knox

Steals: 8 total
4 Hines
2 Elzoghby
1 Chun
1 Jonathan Harmeling

Goalie Stats:
Ivan Ignjatovic:  35 shots on goal, 11 saves
Keith Fine: 15 shots on goal, 4 saves

Turnovers: 22
11 pass-receive
8 travel
2 charge
1 kick

Yellow Cards: 2
1 Fithian
1 Harmeling

2 Minute: 2
1 Elzoghby
1 Harmeling

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