ANN ARBOR, Mich. C University of Michigan men's basketball forward Kendric Price (Boston, Mass./Buckingham Browne & Nichols School) and wing Jevohn Shepherd (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/West Hills Collegiate) have both returned from their summer playing tours in Europe. Price played with the East Coast All-Stars on a tour of Denmark and Sweden (Aug. 10-15), while Shepherd played with the Canadian Senior Men's National Team on a three-spot tour throughout Europe.
Price helped the East Coast All-Star team to a 5-1 record during its tour throughout Denmark and Sweden. He averaged 7.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.7 steals per game. Shepherd played in five of the eight games on the Canadian Senior Men's National Team tour and averaged 3.2 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 9.0 minutes per game.
For Price and the East Coast All-Stars, they opened with Horsholm BBC (Aug. 10) in the first of two scheduled games. After quickly jumping out to the early lead, Horsholm cut the lead to two points with 7:40 remaining in the contest. The East Coast team hung strong as it got hot from long range as they pulled away with an 81-68 win. In the game, Price had three points and three rebounds. The next night, the East Coast took game two against Horsholm in a near mirrored effort as the All-Stars posted an 81-63 win. In the contest, Price had four points and six rebounds.
After falling down 22-15 to Copenhagen's Falcon BBC (Aug. 12) in the first quarter, the East Coast All-Stars found itself further down as the lead stretched to 12 midway through the second quarter. After a timeout, the All-Stars got into an offensive rhythm; while they turned up the defensive pressure dominating the remainder of the game going on to a 115-75 win and improve to 3-0 on the tour. Price had four points, a rebound and two assists in the comeback win. The offensive rhythm continued in the All-Stars next contest against EOS Basket BBC (Aug. 13). The All-Stars rolled to a 127-56 victory as seven players scored in double figures. Price closed with 13 points, five rebounds, an assist and two steals in the lopsided win.
In a game that had 34 lead changes, the All-Stars suffered their first loss of the tour with a 99-97 setback at the hands of EOS Basket BBC (Aug. 14). Battling back and forth the entire game, EOS hit a short jumper with 3.1 seconds to go to take a two-point lead. A three-point shot from All-Star Ricky Lucas (Stony Brook) at the buzzer rattled in and out as the All-Stars missed the chance at the dramatic win. Price had a tour-best 14 points, five rebounds and one steal in the loss.
In the tour's finale, the All-Stars rebounded from their last second loss with a 95-79 win over the Solna Vikings (Aug. 15). After falling down early, the All-Stars battled back to take the lead, which they never would relinquish to help close the tour with a 5-1 record. In the finale, Price had six points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Playing with Price throughout the tour of Denmark and Sweden included: Doken Akingbade (George Washington), Carl Emengo (Baruch College), Chester Frazier (Illinois), Nick Grant (Drake), Markel Humphrey (Marshall), Ryan Jones (Stony Brook), Antanas Kavaliauskas (Texas A&M), Kaleo Kina (Navy), Lucas (Stony Brook), Brendan Mullins (Saint Michael's) and Greg Prink (U.S. Naval Academy).
For Shepherd, he opened up his tour with a stop in Bormio, Italy for the Diego Gianatti Tournament (July 21-23). The Senior Men's National team closed the tournament 0-3, and Shepherd played in two games, recording six points, two steals and one rebound against Greece (July 22) while posting four points, two rebounds and an assist against Serbia and Montenegro (July 23).
Following the trip to Italy, the Senior Men's National team traveled to Germany to play two exhibition games against the German National team, which was captained by NBA star and Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitski. Shepherd had one rebound in six minutes of action in a 71-68 win against Germany (July 28) in the first game in Hamburg, but did not play in the 95-75 loss in Nuremberg (July 30).
To close out the trip, Shepherd headed to Maribor, Slovenia to play in the International Alpos Cup, Aug. 4-6. The Canadian team went 1-2 in the tournament, as Shepherd played in two games. After not playing the 108-86 win over Venezuela (Aug. 4), he had one rebound and one assist in a heartbreaking loss to Lebanon (Aug. 5). To close out the tournament, Shepherd had two points and one assist in an 87-72 loss to Slovenia.
East Coast All-Stars
Denmark and Sweden Tour
|East Coast All-Stars Tour ||Date ||Result ||PTS ||REB ||AST ||STL |
|vs. Horsholm BBC ||Aug. 10 ||W, 81-68 ||3 ||3 ||- ||-|
|vs. Horsholm BBC ||Aug. 11 ||W, 81-63 ||4 ||6 ||- ||-|
|vs. Copenhagen's Falcon BBC ||Aug. 12 ||W, 115-75 ||4 ||1 ||2 ||-|
|vs. EOS Basket BBC ||Aug. 13 ||W, 127-56 ||13 ||5 ||1 ||2|
|vs. 08 Stockholm ||Aug. 14 ||L, 97-99 ||14 ||5 ||- ||1|
|vs. Solna Vikings ||Aug. 15 ||W, 95-79 ||6 ||4 ||2 ||2|
Canada Senior Men's National Team
European Summer Tours
|Diego Gianatti Tournament (Bormio, Italy) ||Date ||Result ||PTS ||REB ||AST ||STL ||MIN|
|vs. Italy ||July 21 ||L, 67-73 ||DNP || ||- ||- ||-|
|vs. Greece ||July 22 ||L, 59-89 ||6 ||1 ||- ||2 ||5|
|vs. Serbia and Montenegro ||July 23 ||L, 83-95 ||4 ||2 ||2 ||- ||11|
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|Germany Exhibitions || || || || || || |
|vs. German National Team (Hamburg) ||July 28 ||W, 71-68 ||- ||1 ||- ||- ||6|
|vs. German National Team (Nuremberg) ||July 30 ||L, 75-95 ||DNP ||- ||- ||- ||-|
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|International Alpos Cup (Maribor, Slovenia) || || || || || || |
|vs. Venezuela ||Aug. 4 ||W, 108-86 ||DNP || || || |
|vs. Lebanon ||Aug. 5 ||L, 80-83 ||- ||1 ||1 ||- ||12|
|vs. Slovenia ||Aug. 6 ||L, 72-87 ||2 ||- ||1 ||- ||11|
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423