South Ralies For Gold Medal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Ndudi Ebi was the most consistently dominant player at the USA Basketball Festival. On Sunday, Ebi and his pals from the South finished strong and captured the Gold Medal in a 118-110 victory over the East.

South Takes Home The Gold

East coach Gary DeCesare was worried about his team, thinking a good number of his players traditionally had some problems getting started in morning games. Well, it turns out the East didn't have problems with the start, but rather the finish of the game.

After going up by double-digits early in the game, the East allowed the South to creep back into this one by halftime. In the end, point guard Dane Bradshaw made a few winning plays, Ndudi Ebi couldn't be accounted for, Travis Outlaw ran and dunked his way to 19 points and there was no one in the building who could check Tack Minor.

The final score: South 118, East 110.

Ebi scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Outlaw was all over the court making plays and scored 19. Bradshaw's heady steal and then a layin were two key plays down the stretch for his team. Minor bulled his way to 30 points as the East did nothing to slow down his jaunts to the basket.

Forward Demetris Nichols checked Ebi early and had him frustrated. But, as the game wore on and substitution patterns developed, the East didn't have Nichols on Ebi the entire time and it was just a matter of time before he broke loose.

For the East, Brian Johnson continued his stellar week-long play. Get him the ball enough and without fail he produces double-doubles. He had 18 and 10 in this one. During a big time second half burst, Sean Banks was the star of the show for the East. However, his team wasn't able to keep Brandon Wallace, Minor and Ebi off the glass. Wallace had a game-high 14 rebounds.

While the East was settling for 3s and missing most of them (5-27 as a team), Minor was shooting layups.

NOTES – The West defeated the North for the bronze medal. Rodrick Stewart had 32 points and Thomas Gardner scored 29. TJ Bannister recorded 10 assists for the North while Shannon Brown scored 23. …

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