USA Hoops Festival, Saturday session

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- It's playoff time in The Springs. Well, the North waited until its fourth game to get its first win and for its efforts is in the gold medal game.


North 119, East 113

South 130, West 128

Medal Round: Gold Medal Game will be South vs. North and the East and West will play for the bronze.

2004 Checklist

Darius Washington, G, South: Washington had 19 points in the win but the most important ones came with just seconds remaining as he dashed toward the hoop and hit a high-degree of difficulty drive. It was a big time play. Darius has done an admirable job balancing some point guard duties in with his scoring.

Jordan Farmar, PG, West: He nearly stole the show – literally. Farmar came up with a steal late in the game but then blew the layin that could have tied it. No matter, his effort in this one was outstanding and he's playing on a tender ankle. First of all, he's an assist machine. He makes heady decisions, takes care of the ball and bangs 3s when he needs to. He's an elite level point guard in our book. 19 points to go with 13 assists. The highest compliment we can pay him is that he's got an uncanny ability to be on the same page as his teammates almost all of the time.

Randolph Morris, C, South: By far his best and most complete outing at the event. He did a nice job of playing big and when they gave him the 10-foot face ups he canned them. Morris missed just one field goal and was perfect from the line. He tossed in 25 points. There's loads of potential in that body and all he's got to do is get consistent with his efforts. This was a big time game for him.

Jason Rich, SG, South: We're writing about Jason because he's struggled somewhat with his offense this week. However, in the evening game he came out firing and was aggressive. He trusted his jumper and it didn't let him down. 13 points in the win and key during a first half stretch.

Malik Hairston, SF, North: 27 points and 10 rebounds later and the North had its first win of the camp. Hairston went 13-for-19 from the floor.

Steven Hill, C, North: Razorback fans are going to be very pleased when he arrives in Fayetteville. Tonight Hill had 9 blocks and made it tough for the East big men in the paint.

J.R. Smith, SG, East: His jumper has been on all day long. This time he went 5-for-9 from 3-point range. He had 24 in the loss.

Scout's Perspective

At one point, it looked as if the West was going to run the South right out of the building. Farmar continuously was hitting Robert Swift who was beating the entire South team back on defense. In fact, the West killed the South in transition for most of the night. … DeMarcus Nelson does one thing about as well as anyone in the class. He gets to the rim in a hurry and with strength. Then his athleticism takes over and he's a great finisher.

Inside The Numbers

Sebastian Telfair had 8 assists tonight. … Maarty Leunen had a quiet double-double with 11 and 11. … Yes, Mike Williams' double-double streak is alive. He did his thing in the paint and went for 19 and 12. In fact, he made a handful of mid-range jumpers too. …

News & Notes

Pac-10 fans take note. Jawann McClellan and Arron Afflalo are going to bring a big time rivalry to the league. What started as some trash talk at the Pangos Camp three weeks ago has carried over to here. McClellan blocked an Afflalo shot tonight and then Arron stroked a deep 3 right back at him and it was on. These guys are going to spice up future Arizona-UCLA matchups. …

Injuries hit the camp hard on Saturday night. Shaun Livingston turned an ankle in the first session and did not play. James Gist might have bruised his knee and he sat out. Marvin Williams had someone land on his ankle and he didn't play either.

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