Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Festival Competition Sizzles with the Weather South Rises to Win Gold in Basketball

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Festival Competition Sizzles with the Weather South Rises to Win Gold in Basketball

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So, what did you expect? Perfection twice over?

Sorry. The best game of the men's U.S. Olympic Festival basketball competition took place Monday, when the East outlasted the South 116-115 to end preliminary-round play.

Aesthetically speaking, Tuesday's gold-medal game at The Arena surely was one of the worst of the four-day event.

Not that it mattered to the South, which got the East when it mattered, taking the Festival gold with an 87-81 victory.

Call it a case of the South rising again. The South has won six gold medals in 13 Festivals, more than any other region.

Despite the wealth of basketball talent back east, the East remains without a gold. Bridesmaid again, the East has settled for silver seven times.

In each of the nine previous men's games during this Festival, the winning team had topped 100 points. But neither team made 90 Tuesday.

Maybe it was stage fright: After three days of basketball at the cozy Mark Twain Center on the Missouri-St. Louis campus, 10,457 watched what most likely was the final basketball game at the venerable Arena.

Maybe it was the colder-than-a-Big East-winter conditions at The Arena: As usual, the ice was under the hardwood.

Or maybe the assembled talent decided to play defense for the first time in the Festival.

Whatever the reason, the shooting was atrocious in the first half. Neither team managed even 35 percent, with the East making just .349 of its shots from the floor and the South shooting .344.

Even Ray "The Scoring Machine" Allen had to work for his shots. But he still managed to score 27 points - on 10 of 23 shooting - to break the overall Festival scoring record set by Shaquille O'Neal in 1990. The Shaq scored 98 in that Festival; Allen, a guard from Connecticut, finished with 101.

Allen missed three of his first four shots - and even the "make" didn't make its way through the rim. …

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