Friday, August 14, 2015

DeMarcus Cousins Leads USA White Past USA Blue in Showcase

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins led the way for USA White in last night's 134-128 win over USA Blue in 2015 USA Basketball Showcase.

Cousins put in 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way for White. Mason Plumlee finished with 20 points and 11 boards.

Former Wildcat Terrence Jones chipped in 18 points for the White team.

Andre Drummond had 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Blue team. Victor Oladipo added 25 points.

Kenneth Faried contributed 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Blue.

Complete Recap from USA Basketball

Faried's postgame comments:

Was it hard to think about not getting hurt out there?

You can’t think about it. You play basketball. That’s what we’re paid to do. That’s what we love to do, and that’s what the fans paid to see us do, so we just went out there and had fun.

What do you take away from a smaller camp like this?

It wasn’t really a smaller camp. Guys were there, but (in) the game, I guess the stardom wasn’t there. We didn’t have everybody for the game. But, guys were at the camp. We were going hard, we were competing, not against each other, but we were competing, period. And, we were having fun.

What about the camaraderie with this group in getting ready for next summer?

I’m excited. Everybody’s excited. The team, we’re ready and focused to go out there and win the gold medal. You could tell by the guys who came in, LeBron (James), KD (Kevin Durant), Carmelo (Anthony), Chris Paul, the guys who came in, that’s who won gold.

(Question inaudible)

These guys really want to win a gold medal and represent in the most respectful way. We don’t want to go out there and have everybody saying, ‘Oh, they’re sending their B team. They’re sending their such-and-such.’ Like they said last year about us, and we won a gold medal. It’s going to be fun to see how things pan out and to see who’s going to be picked for the 12-man roster.

On tonight’s game:

It was fun. It was fun and exciting.

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