East 94, West 88
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Demetreus Gore scored 16 points and four teammates scored in double figures Monday night as the East won its first game in men’s competition of the sixth National Sports Festival with a 94-88 conquest of the winless West.
The two teams will meet again Wednesday night in the bronze medal game of the festival.
In a see-saw contest, the East took the lead for good on Rod Blake’s basket with 2:29 remaining and a pair of goals by Charles Smith of the University of Pittsburgh extended the lead to five with a little over a minute to play.
Skip Barry and Smith added 13 each for the winners, while Mark Bryant had 12 and Shelton Jones contributed 10. Danny Ferry, who failed to score, had a game-high eight rebounds for the winners.
″We didn’t put it together until the second group came in after about 10 minutes, but it was by far our best game of the festival. We’re improving,″ said East Coach Lou Carnesecca of St. John’s, N.Y..
Chris Sandle, a sophomore at Arizona State, led the West with 19 points and Todd Lichti, Ricky Berry and Ken Luckett had 10 each.