UVU edged in final game in China

Mitch Bruneel

Aug 18, 2013

SHENZHEN, China - Utah Valley University was edged 75-73 by BC Prienai in its bid to win the championship game of a four-team international basketball tournament on Sunday. The Wolverines garnered a second-place finish in the four-team event.

Holton Hunsaker scored 23 to lead all scorers but was one of three UVU starters to foul out on a night that Prienai got to the line 48 times. The Wolverines shot 29 free throws in the game that was plagued by fouls.

"This was a great culmination of our trip. We fought tooth-and-nail throughout the game. We were extremely shorthanded due to fouls and injuries," said UVU coach Dick Hunsaker. "It's really been some great basketball and something for us to build on for the upcoming season. We got better and better over the course of the trip."

The Wolverines trailed 71-68 when Keawe Enos scored and was fouled, tying the game at with 34.5 second remaining on the ensuing free throw. Enos scored all 14 of his points in the second half.

Prienai scored with just under 10 seconds to go and held on for the two-point win to finish 3-0 in the tournament.

Mitch Bruneel added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Wolverines, who have now wrapped up their game action on their tour of China.

The Wolverines went 2-1 in the tournament, scoring wins over the Dongguan New Century of the Chinese Basketball Association and the Adelaide 36ers of Australia's National Basketball League.