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USA Team Handball

Jun 07 USA wins match against all stars, 40-33

June 07, 2009, 12:42 p.m. (ET)

The US squad made it two in a row Sunday with a victory over a squad of all-star players from the local area clubs. Played in front of a raucous crowd in a gym in Ratekau, the Americans used pressure defense and their athleticism to push the pace early, opening up an early lead that it never relinquished. Gary Hines led all scorers with 10 goals, including several spectacular fast breaks and one especially exciting 'ally-oop.' Not to be outdone, Jordan Fithian got his first ever 'ally-oop' goal with the assist going to Adam Elzoghby on a broken play fast break. Nearly every player on the American squad reached the scoring column, with 14 tallying goals during the balanced attack.

Apart from the results of the games on the scoreboard, the US squad made good impressions on the locals. The referees for all the contests were Bundesliga referees who regularly officiate first division and international matches. They told said the team had the best attitude (respect of opponents and officials, not arguing calls, etc.)  in the tournament and one of the best that they have seen in all their officiating duties. The tournament has seen lots of hard-hitting defense, but it has been clean and fair. The US squad has represented America with pride and honor.

Match Statistics

Score at Half: USA leads 23-13
Final Score: USA 40-33

Scoring
10 - Hines
6 - Elzoghby
5 - Giordano
4 - Chun
3 - Echivarria
3 - Borchik
2 - Pham
2 - Delaney
2 - Fithian
2 - Ortega
1 - Osborne
1 - Knox

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