In the second round, the All Stars faced the Spanish National Team and
playing before a boisterous crowd, they lost to the host club 93-77. The teams
were separated by five points at the half, but Spain came out blistering in the
second stanza and cruised to the victory.
"The Spanish club was very physical and they were much older than our
kids. I thought we played well, but they just wore us down," commented
McLaughlin, who, before coming to Fordham coached at Harvard for eight
The All Stars were led by a hot shooting Mike Vreeswyk (Temple) who
connected for 18 points. Derrick Sanders (Illinois State) contributed 17.
Upon the completion of the Seville Tournament, the All Stars flew to Madrid,
where they took in the sights before heading to Toledo and another tournament.
Things were not going to get any easier in Toledo—not only were the
Spanish and Russian National Teams waiting to greet the Americans, but the
powerhouse Italian National Team was also on the welcoming committee.
The first game was a rematch with the Russians and the All Stars paced
by double figure scoring from four players went on to a strong 98-76 win.
Randolph Keyes, the 1987 NIT MVP led the visitors with 19 points and 11
In the second round, the Spanish National Team was again an ungracious
host as they handed the All Stars a 93-80 drubbing. The frontcourt tandem of
Keyes and Shelton Jones teamed up for a combined 31 points and 15 rebounds
in the losing effort.
The All Stars were to lose one more game on European soil before going
on a tear and winning their last four straight games. The Italian National Team,
one of the best in Europe, overwhelmed the younger All Stars 98-85.
'Again, playing against older more mature teams who play all year long is
a real challenge," explained McLaughlin. "The style of play is much more
physical and there's obviously no home court advantage," he added.
After a brief stopover in Madrid, the travellers left Spain for France. Four
days in Paris, the "City of Lights" was first on the agenda. The visitors did
some sightseeing, shopping, a lot of eating ... and, they managed to squeeze
in a game against the Chinese National Team.
It was a close contest throughout, but the All Stars behind Jones' 29 points
and 11 rebounds held on for a 87-83 win. Keyes followed with 16 while Johns on
and Seton Hall's James Major chipped in 10 points apiece.
The final leg of the journey found the touring team in Gravelines, a bustling
town outside of Paris. Gravelines was the host team in a six team tournament
that included the Chinese National Team and top club teams from Spain, Brazil
The All Stars broke the century mark as they cruised to a 100-85 victory
over Orthez, one of the top club teams in France. The Americans had five
players in double figures, and were once again led by the Keyes-Jones combination. Keyes finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Jones collected
20 points and 9 rebounds.
In the second round, the visitors broke 100, beating Caja Bilbao, a team
from Spain, whose top scorer was a former St. John's player, Jeff Allen. However, Allen's 26 points was not enough to overcome another balanced scoring
attack by the All Stars who had six players in double figures. Johnson led all
scorers with 18 points while Jones had 16 and Major followed with 15.
The championship game proved to be another easy win and another 100
point game—the All Stars spoiled Gravelines bid to win their own tournament
by defeating them handily, 100-72. Major, Jones and Keyes each scored 18
points, while Vreeswyk followed with 13.