Henderson, Clark Lead Playaz To Tourney Win

SOUTH ORANGE, NEW JERSEY -- With a key player sitting out the first half, Playaz Gold coach Jimmy Salmon knew it was going to be an even tougher battle for his team in the second half

Sixteen minutes into the championship game at the Playaz Ball on the campus of Seton Hall University, the score was deadlocked. But a second half explosion by both Gerald Henderson and Earl Clark ignited the Playaz Gold team past the GC Ballers, 82-78.

Henderson, hit with two early fouls, scored 17 points in the second half. Clark, who was steady all game long, had a big spurt midway through the second half to help the Playaz gain some cushion.

"I thought that was the key part of the game," said Salmon. "Earl on three straight possessions got inside the paint and scored. That was key."

And to score on someone like Paul Harris, perhaps one of the top five players in the country, was impressive. "He's a great player," Salmon said.

But Salmon also pointed out other performances that helped his team win. "I thought everyone played well. We got some key points from Nick Vier and Wayne Ellington was great."

Ellington helped keep the Playaz in the game with 20 points. He hit several big jumpers in the first 16 minutes of play while Vier had nine points.

The GC Ballers would never quit. Harris and company played more like Warriors throughout this two-day event. Harris had 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the final game.

Lazar Hayward put on an incredible display of shooting in this event. He finished his final game here with 29 points. He shot the ball close to 60 percent -- mostly long range jumpers.

Johnny Flynn also ran the show impressively while scoring some big buckets. He had 18 points, including three three-pointers. Robert Garrison had a solid tournament too. He scored 11 points.

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