The NBA G League Elite team tipped off the 2019 NBA G League International Challenge in Montevideo, Uruguay in successful fashion on Wednesday night, winning 86-75 against Capitanes de Ciudad de Mexico. Brandon Ashley and Paul Watson led the way for the Elite Team, pacing the squad with 16 points apiece. Ashley averaged 16.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game with the Texas Legends during the 2017-18 season, while Watson recorded 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest for the Westchester Knicks during the 2018-19 season. Duane Notice, who averaged 10 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game with Raptors 905 last season, notched 11 points, 2 assists and 2 steals with the NBA G League Elite Team on Wednesday night.
The Elite Team trailed by 5 points at the end of the first quarter, but rallied back to a 1-point deficit headed into halftime. The second half went much smoother for the squad, as they outscored Capitanes 48-36 in the final two quarters. The NBA G League Elite Team shot 43% from the field and out-rebounded Capitanes, 43-41. The Elite Team also charted 11 steals and 4 blocks, leading to ample transition opportunities in their first game of group play.
The NBA G League Elite team returns to the hardwood for their final game of group play on Friday, September 20 when they take on the Uruguay Elite Team at 7:45 PM ET. During group play, each team plays two other teams. The NBA G League International Challenge Semifinals will tip-off on September 21 with the championship game on September 22.
Along with the NBA G League Elite Team, Capitanes de Ciudad de Mexico and the Uruguay Elite Team, San Lorenzo (Argentina), Flamengo (Brazil) and FC Bayern Munich (Germany) make up the rest of the six-team tournament field.
Stay up-to-date with all the latest NBA G League International Challenge scores and updates at NBAGLeague.com and FUBB.org. Click here for full stats from the NBA G League Elite Team-Capitanes de Ciudad de Mexico game on Wednesday night.
🗣️ SWEET VICTORY
▪️ Paul Watson (16 PTS, 3 REB, +9)
▪️ Brandon Ashley (16 PTS, 6 REB, +12)
▪️ Duane Notice (11 PTS, 2 AST, 2 STL) pic.twitter.com/1jrSPkRa4i
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) September 19, 2019