Black outraces Gold in Derby Classic, 128-121

Travis Releford, a 6-5 Kansas signee scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Black team to a 128-121 win over the Gold in the adidas Derby Festival Basketball Classic Saturday night at Freedom Hall.

Travis Releford, a 6-5 Kansas signee scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Black team to a 128-121 win over the Gold in the adidas Derby Festival Basketball Classic Saturday night at Freedom Hall.

Releford, who also had 8 rebounds while connecting on 10 of 16 shots, mostly layups, earned MVP honors for the winning team. Cincinnati signee Yancy Gates led the Gold team with 19 points and 10 rebounds to earn MVP honors for the losers.


The Black team, comprised of Kentucky signees Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins, plus Wildcats targets Ater Majok, Paul McCoy and Maurice Sutton, had five players score in double figures. The 6-10 Sutton scored 17 points, while the 6-9 Majok impressed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 of 2 shooting from the three-point arch.

Tyler Zeller, a North Carolina recruit, scored 15 points, while 6-9 Howard Thompkins finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the Black. Kentucky recruits Miller and Liggins were quiet the entire night. The 6-6 Miller, Kentucky's 2008 Mr. Basketball, had just 6 points and 3 rebounds, while Liggins scored only 2 points. Liggins also had three assists and four turnovers.

Six players for the Gold team scored in double figures. Florida-bound wingman Ray Shipman had a strong second half effort and scored 18 points. Luke Babbitt scored 14, while Rutgers signee Mike Rosario added 11 points. Jeff Withey and Terrence Jennings both finished with 10 points. Louisville-bound forward Jared Swopshire chipped in 7 points.

While the Gold team out-boarded the Black team 66-53, the Black outscored the Gold 80-70 in the paint. The Black also outscored the Gold 22-10 on fast break points, though the Gold outscored the Black 40-17 on second chance points.

The big difference for the Black team – bench production. The Black's bench outscored their Gold counterparts 85-60.

Attendance was announced 10,193.


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