Saturday was a trying day for many teams that have advanced in their respective events in Las Vegas. Like the PGA Tour, Saturday was moving day for teams in the playoff rounds at this year's Adidas Super 64 event. And that's exactly what the 2013 version of the Arizona Magic Pump N Run did on Saturday, as they won three consecutive games in the Gold Division of this year's event - advancing to the semi-finals of the tournament.
Led by the play of Brophy Prep's 6-foot-9 senior post Tim Kempton, Poston Butte's 6-foot-3 senior guard Jalen Richard, Westwind Prep Academy 6-foot-2 senior guard John Marshall and Westwind Prep Academy 6-foot-3 senior guard Kye de Laveaga, the Magic defeated the OC Pride (CA), The Bluesquad (France) and then Ramey Basketball (CA) on Saturday afternoon and evening to advance to the final-four of the division.
Kempton is playing his best basketball of his career this week and has taken over in some games. Numerous college coaches look to be following Kempton as well, including Santa Barbara, Southern Utah, Northern Arizona and Weber State, while New Mexico head coach Steve Alford and his staff have followed Jalen Richard hard, as have the entire Weber State staff.
This Magic group is one of five Magic teams that are participating in Vegas tournaments this week, and this group looks to be prepared to go the furthest in this week's event, even though the team has had some struggles recently in the past two events of the summer. Looks like this group is playing their best basketball at the right time, and could go very far in this week's event.
The Magic Pump N Run-2013 will face Hard 2 Guard (CA) on Sunday morning for an opportunity to advance to the Gold Division Championship game.