ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Forward Zack Gibson (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS) of the University of Michigan men's basketball team recently concluded his nine-day overseas trip (July 2-10) with Athletes In Action, helping the squad to a 5-4 overall mark in the 2007 Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan.
Throughout his Jones Cup, Gibson saw action in all nine games and averaged 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per contest. He scored in double figures in three games, including a tour-best 12 points against Kazakhstan (July 7). He had 36 total rebounds (15 offensive and 21 defensive), including a tour-best nine boards against Kazakhstan.
After meeting for a four-day training camp in Xenia, Ohio, the AIA squad left for Taiwan and opened up its Jones Cup play with a hard fought 72-67 loss against the Philippines (July 2). In a back-and-forth game, the AIA team outrebounded the Philippines, 58-to-31, but was unable to score from the outside down the stretch, shooting just 35 percent for the game. Gibson debuted in his first game with 10 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes of action.
The next day, AIA posted its first win of the trip with a commanding 106-68 triumph over Qatar (July 3). Six AIA players scored in double figures as the team shot 48.8 percent from the field. Gibson closed the first win with a five-point, three-rebound performance in nine minutes of action. AIA made it two straight wins after a 79-65 win over Korea (July 4) as the traveling squad remained hot from the outside, shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from long range. Gibson played 10 minutes, tallying two points, three rebounds and a steal in the win.
The win streak was snapped at two games after a slow start by AIA (July 5) was not overcome, as the U.S. team fell to Jordon 69-66. Seeing limited action, Gibson had one rebound in eight minutes of playing time. The next day, AIA rebounded with an 81-70 win against Lebanon (July 6), as Gibson posted his second double-digit scoring output with 10 points after going 5-for-7 from the field. He added five rebounds in 12 minutes of action.
Gibson remained hot in the following game against Kazakhstan (July 7), as he posted a tour-best 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field in addition to a tour-best nine rebounds. He added two assists and a steal in 23 minutes. With his effort, Gibson helped AIA to a 92-78 win. The team improved to 5-2 with its third straight victory after a 108-83 win over Japan (July 8). Gibson was again a key contributor with nine points, three rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in 22 minutes of action.
However, the AIA win streak was snapped with an 83-72 loss to Chinese Taipei (July 9), despite Gibson's four points and a tour-best four assists in 19 minutes. In the tour finale, the AIA squad dropped a 91-74 decision to Iran (July 10) to close the tour with a 5-4 record. In his final game of the tour, Gibson closed with two points, four rebounds and a steal in 12 minutes of action.
Gibson did not see any playing time during the 2006-07 season after transferring from Rutgers. He will begin his Wolverine career this upcoming season and has three-years of eligibility remaining.
Zack Gibson's Tour with Athletes in Action
Taipei, Taiwan - 2007 Jones Cup
July 2-10, 2007
|July 2||Philippines||L, 67-72||10||8||0||1||0||21|
|July 3||Qatar||W, 106-68||5||3||0||1||1||9|
|July 4||Korea||W, 79-65||2||3||0||0||1||10|
|July 5||Jordan||L, 66-69||0||1||0||0||0||8|
|July 6||Lebanon||W, 81-70||10||5||0||0||0||12|
|July 7||Kazakhstan||W, 92-78||12||9||2||0||1||23|
|July 8||Japan||W, 108-83||9||3||1||1||1||22|
|July 9||Chinese Taipei||L, 72-83||4||0||4||0||0||19|
|July 10||Iran||L, 74-91||2||4||0||0||1||12|
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423