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McRae shines at tourney in France
Jordan McRae - photo by Photo provided.

Liberty County Panther basketball player Jordan McRae continues to add accolades and accomplishments to his athletic resume as the soon-to-be senior played in Douai, France, June 8-15, in the World Basketball tournament.

In its 23rd year, the tournament features the best under-19 talent in the world with the top national teams from Australia, Canada, France, Lithuania, Puerto Rico and the United States (represented by the 2K Sports Preseason All-American Team).

McRae started to make his stand in game two when he sank 3 of 4 trey shots and is credited for helping the American team stay close in game three when the squad battled Australia, according to American team was trailing when McRae was called off the bench and immediately sank a three-pointer.

With 1:13 left in the third period, McRae added points again, helping Team America go up by one, 57-56.

Later, McRae gave the American team a one-point advantage again by hitting the net and then extended the lead to 77-74, dipping in a few more shots.

Unfortunately, Australia tied the game with 29.7 seconds left and knocked in a basket at the buzzer for the win. McRae ended the game with 19 points and three rebounds.

In the final game of the tournament, McRae was tapped as a starting strong forward. The squad faced Team France. McRae and his squad took a quick lead and closed the half up 36-31.

To open the third period, France cut the lead to one point but McRae nailed a three-pointer to extend the lead.

France battled back and forced overtime tied at 74. McRae sank 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals as the American team held on to win 85-82.

McRae was named to the All-Tournament team.

The star player came home Monday but headed off to the NBA Camp held June 17-21 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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