Jordan Brand Classic Game 2014: Score, Results, Highlights and Analysis

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Jordan Brand Classic Game 2014: Score, Results, Highlights and Analysis
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Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., hosts the Jordan Brand Classic games on Friday night.

Three games will transpire as the International Game showcases the world's most promising basketball talent, the Regional Game features New York's up-and-coming stars and the National Game will pit the nation's best high school players against each other.

This series of games will be the stepping stone for all of these talented young players as they journey to the next level of competition and look to become household names.

Let's take a look at the scores, highlights and analysis as each game reaches its conclusion.

 

National Game

East 158, West 147

No defense? No problem. The National Game was a thrilling, high-octane spectacle from the nation's brightest stars.

The finale of the 2014 Jordan Brand Classic featured exciting performances from players who will be huge parts of the college ranks next season.

The battle of the nation's top talent started early, as Emmanuel Mudiay and Jahlil Okafor began to trade baskets within the first minutes of the game. This served as a premonition of what was to come.

Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports tweeted his impression of Muiday as the game got going:

Kentucky commits heated up early, as Trey Lyles and Karl Towns showed their versatile skill sets:

They weren't the only Kentucky recruits lighting up the scoreboard though:

The big men found early success, as there wasn't much defense down low to speak of in the first half:

We had a very close game entering the break, as the East led the West 72-71.

Care for some first half highlights? These were some of the best:

Heading into the second half, ESPNU tweeted the star-studded stat sheet:

Jeff Borzello tweeted his thoughts on James Blackmon early in the second half:

Halfway through the second half, the East began to pull away, leading the West by a score of 126-111.

Mudiay continued to keep the West in the game with his physical prowess:

Although, Blackmon was simply on fire and difficult to keep pace with:

The scoring bonanza continued, and the game finally concluded after an offensive onslaught to the tune of 158-147 in the East's favor.

This score led Jeff Borzello to predict which of these athletes will contribute at a high level next year in college:

When it was all said and done, Okafor took home MVP honors after a stellar performance:

Here's a look at the game's top performers:

Each of these athletes showed what they are capable of producing against similar talent on Friday evening. Expect to see more of the same when they ship off to college next season.

 

Regional Game

Team White 102, Team Black 99

Yet another contest is in the books, as a high-octane Regional Game was full of excitement.

Team White got out to a hot start on the shooting of Samson Usilo. He connected on his first three shots of the game and put up a quick eight points:

Usilo continued his surge, racking up 12 points heading into halftime. Team White led 47-42 entering the break:

With his hot hand still active in the second half, Usilo was near flawless on his way to 15 points:

The big lead was short lived, as JaQuan Newton took over for Team Black:

Newton continued his surge, hitting shots from all over the court to finally give his team the late lead:

In the waning seconds of the game, the score was tied at 95.

Team White's Desi Rodriguez blocked Newton's jumper for the win, and the game entered overtime:

Late in the overtime period, Newton tried to force a tie with a three-pointer at the buzzer, but it missed its mark. The White team went on to earn the 102-99 victory:

Throughout the contest, Khadeen Carrington was fantastic. He racked up 18 points, seven assists and five boards, earning him the game's MVP honors:

Newton finished with 23 points and earned co-MVP honors:

John Rothstein of CBS Sports was in attendance and tweeted about the two players he thinks are ready to contribute at the next level immediately:

Angel Delgado flourished down low during the game, racking up 15 total rebounds:

Rodney Miller looked good underneath as well, finishing with five points and nine boards:

Plenty of bright stars contributed in big ways on Friday evening, and will continue to do so as they move on to the college ranks.

 

International Game

Team White 74, Team Black 71

If the first game on Friday's slate provides any indication as to what we're in for through the remainder of the day's action, we are in for a treat.

Team Black got off to a hot start, leading by six points heading into the break; however, it was Anthony Mcnish leading the way after scoring 10 points of his own in the first half:

Not to be outdone, Team White's Jahvon Blair took over in the second half:

The game came down to the wire as Team White led by just a single point in the waning seconds.

However, after some clutch free throws from Blair, the team's lead increased to three points, and the final nail was driven in the coffin of the Black team.

Team White outlasted Team Black for a final score of 74-71.

Blair was named the game's MVP after scoring 16 points and adding five rebounds, four assists and four steals:

Blair shared his thoughts on his performance during an interview with Carlan Gray of North Pole Hoops after the game:

Ibrahima Fall Faye was named MVP of the Black Team after his dominating performance in the paint, racking up 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks:

Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports tweeted his reaction to Fall Faye's performance:

This is certainly not the last we've seen of these promising athletes from across the globe.

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