Aug. 10, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Junior guard Justin Edwards once again scored in double figures for Athletes in Action, but it wasn’t enough as the Qatar National Team hit a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining to earn a 67-66 win at Palanga Arena in Klaipeda, Lithuania on Sunday.
The team, which opened its seven-day tour with an 80-76 win over Klaipeda Nafta on Saturday, combined for just 24 points in the second and third quarters after leading 19-14. Qatar took a 49-43 lead into the fourth quarter before the AIA squad mounted a big comeback with a 23-point final quarter to take a 66-64 lead with just seconds remaining. However, Qatar was able to get off a long-distance triple to steal the game, 67-66.
Edwards was one of three players in double figures with 14 points on 5-of-10 field goals, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, to go with seven rebounds and one assist. Kansas’ Landen Lucas led all scorers with 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting to go with a game-high 13 rebounds. Wichita State’s Darius Carter also registered double digits with 10 points.
Sophomore Brandon Bolden added five points on 2-of-2 field goals and three rebounds.
The Athletes in Action tour is in the midst of a seven-day tour of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, which runs through August 14, and includes 10 college players. The roster includes Edwards and Bolden as well as Carter, Lucas and Baylor duo Royce O’Neale and Ishmael Wainright. All the games will utilize FIBA rules, which includes four, 10-minute quarters, a 24-second shot clock and a slightly longer 3-point arc.
Through two games, Edwards is averaging a team-best 14.5 points on 47.8 percent shooting (11-of-23), including 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from 3-point range, to go with 5.5 rebounds per game. Bolden is averaging 6.5 points on 85.7 percent shooting (6-of-7) and 2.0 rebounds per game in the first two contests.
The trip is the first major experience for Edwards and Bolden after sitting out the 2013-14 season. A 6-foot-4 junior guard from Whitby, Ontario, Edwards played two seasons at Maine before transferring to K-State last summer. He averaged an America East-best 16.7 points per game as a sophomore in 2012-13. A 6-foot-11 sophomore forward from Sumter, South Carolina, Bolden played in four games in Georgetown as a true freshman in 2012-13.
The Athletes in Action tour will take Monday off as the group travels to the Latvian capital of Riga for their last two games on Tuesday vs. Latvia University and Wednesday vs. the Barons.