Sutton Solid as All-Stars Win Again

BENESOV, CZECH REPUBLIC - Kansas State junior Dominique Sutton overcame early foul trouble to post 13 points in the East Coast All-Stars' 95-54 win over Benesov Basketball Club on Friday night.

The All-Stars, who are averaging nearly 93.5 points per game, were led by West Virginia sophomore guard Truck Bryant's 17-point effort.  He also added a team-best eight assists, three rebounds and three steals.  Lycoming College sophomore guard Michael Bradley tallied 14 points and six rebounds, while West Virginia sophomore forward Cam Thoroughman and NJIT junior guard Arjun Ohri each chipped in 10 points.

In addition to Sutton's 13-point effort, he added four rebounds, three assists and a steal.  Fellow Wildcat Jacob Pullen posted seven points, six assists, two rebounds and a steal.  Pullen opened the All-Stars's nine-day tour of eastern Europe with a 30-point effort against Locomotive Plzen on Wednesday.   

Playing before a raucous crowd at the Benesov Gymnasium, the All-Stars' balanced attack began from the start as Bryant collected seven points and four assists in the first quarter to give the squad a 25-18 advantage.

After Benesov cut the lead to just nine points, Pullen and Sutton took the team on a 14-4 run in the second quarter.  Ohri capped the run with a 3-point field goal to stretch the halftime lead to 49-30.

The third quarter belonged to Bradley and Thoroughman, as the duo took over the game with rebounds, loose balls and driving lay-ups throughout.  Thoroughman picked up three steals and a pair of dunks, including a beautiful lob dunk from Pullen.  The overall team effort brought a 78-41 edge for the All-Stars after three periods. 

The final quarter got Rutgers guards Patrick Jackson and Corey Chandler on track.  Jackson was efficient on the offensive end, scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds.  Chandler controlled the game from the point, getting the squad quickly in transition and dominating defensively with five steals and countless deflections. 

"Our team played well tonight," said head coach Guy Rancourt.  "And our match-ups gave them some problems.  Benesov Basketball Club has a solid program and they have the right people heading the team in a positive direction.  We greatly appreciate the hospitality of their players, coaches and fans." 

The East Coast All-Stars depart Prague on Saturday morning and head to Brataslava, Slovakia, where they will face the nation's top-ranked team, AB Cosmetics Pezinok, at 1 p.m. CT.  Pezinok is the defending 2009 First Division Champion in Slovakia and is expected to be a major test for the All-Stars.

For more information on the East Coast All-Stars, visit www.guyrancourt.com.