Kentucky’s four-game exhibition excursion in the Bahamas started with a 24-point win.
Without John Calipari on the sideline, the young Wildcats sprinted out to a 13-0 lead behind the efforts of Sophomore Nick Richards, who finished with 19 points and only missed one shot. It was fun, until the sloppy play set in. The halftime lead quickly evaporated as the Bahamas National Team tied it up five minutes into the second half. However, the lull was brief, sparking the Cats to an entertaining win.
Reid Travis was rusty on the offensive end (2/9 FG), but grabbed every single rebound within reach (14 to be exact). Tyler Herro was absolutely incredible, finishing with 16 points on 55 percent shooting.
Ashton Hagans showed off elite athleticism, even though it was not always contained. Keldon Johnson made his first shot, but could not finish two powerful dunks. Every player had their moment, even Brad Calipari, who had a three-pointer touch every spot on the rim before rolling in.
Kentucky’s first game of the Big Blue Bahamas was a success. We’ll see if they can do it again in 22 hours.