Although the European squad has dominated the Euroleague All-Star Game during its existence, winning four of the first five matchups, it was the “Rest of the World” team that flexed its muscles Tuesday in Gdynia, Poland as the top players in the continent’s best league gathered for their showcase. After scoring 40 points in the first quarter, the Rest of the World never looked back in a 116-88 victory.
Virtually everyone got in the act for the Rest of the World, which had five players score double-figures and four more contribute at least eight points. Sue Bird may only have scored six points, but she set up her teammates with eight assists, which tied for the game high. Sylvia Fowles and Angel McCoughtry scored 16 apiece for the Rest of the World and McCoughtry added a team-high nine rebounds. Liron Cohen, Katerina Elhotova and Sandrine Gruda shared European honors with 14 points apiece and Sancho Lyttle had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the day’s only double-double.
One of the day’s highlights came in the fourth quarter when Fowles threw down a dunk. Tina Charles missed a dunk attempt in the first half, though she did show unexpected versatility by making three of the nine three-pointers she attempted. (Charles was 0-for-1 from beyond the arc in the WNBA last season.)