Monday, January 12, 2009

Hoops: UW 85 Cal 88 in Triple Overtime!

What a bummer!

Saturday afternoon's game between the UW Huskies and Cal Golden Bears was a bittersweet one. The Huskies had several opportunities to win it, but they just didn't put it away. They were up by 11 with 9 and a half minutes left, but they let that slip away and ended up tied at the end of regulation. Each team scored 6 in the first overtime. In the second OT they were up 77-74 with about 10 seconds left. One of Cal's guards drove the lane and made the layin. Unfortunately, Isaiah Thomas fouled him and he made the bucket to tie the game again.

Lots of woulda, coulda, shoulda in the game. John Brockman scored a bunch of points and had a ton of rebounds, but he went 2 for 8 from the stripe (including missing 2 in the 3rd OT). Just one more and we wouldn't have had to go through 3 overtimes! Oh well. You have to give Cal credit. They are a very tough team and their starting guard duo is awesome. Jerome Randle, the point guard, scored 23 before fouling out. Patrick Christoper scored 26 points including 4 3s.

Our starting guards are not slouchs by any stretch of the imagination, either. Thomas scored 22 including some incredible 'circus shot' layins. Justin Dentmon scored 24 and his foul shooting (13-16 by my count) kept us in the game on many occasions. Anytime you get 46 points from your starting guard pair, you're going to do well. Add to that how tough UW is on the boards and you have the makings of a really strong team.

Unfortunately for us, Quincy Pondexter pretty much disappeared in this game. He only had 5 points and he made some crucial turnovers. He did, however provide some good defense, so there are some positives there as well. He is such an enigma to me. One game he'll be on fire; the next he'll disappear. I really trust Lorenzo Romar as a coach, though So I believe that he sees something there that I don't; because, if it were me, he wouldn't be in the starting lineup.

Oh, well. Next week we travel to Eugene on Thursday for Oregon and Corvallis on Saturday for Oregon State. It'd be good if we could win both of those. We'll see.

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