Team Africa outclassed 108-97 by Team World

The location and roster may have changed, but it was the same old story on the court, as Team Africa were bested 108-97 by Team World in the NBA Africa Game in Johannesburg on Saturday.

In the last NBA Africa game which took place two years ago, Team World defeated Team Africa 97-101, and there was little change this time around, as the ‘hosts’ – without injured co-captain Luol Deng and Cameroon phenom Joel Embiid – were outclassed by the travelling party.

Despite being loaded with talented defensive players, Team Africa struggled to contain the likes of Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins, who were hitting them with an onslaught of threes and killing them in the paint. Six Team World scored in double digits, while two notched double doubles.

Team Africa failed to protect the interior as Team World scored 58 points in the key and outrebounded Team Africa 53-51, but fell short despite a valiant effort from guards Victor Oladipo and Emmanuel Mudiay which kept them in the game.

Oladipo led the team in

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