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Kentucky defeats Team Toronto 93-60, Reid Travis leads the way with 19 points and 15 rebounds


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The Kentucky Wildcats pulled off the four-game sweep on the Big Blue Bahamas tour, defeating Team Toronto 93-60 in their final game of the week.

It started off slow, with Toronto pulling within five at 20-15, but the Cats were able to extend the lead and never look back.

Fifth-year transfer Reid Travis led the way with a ridiculous 19-point, 15-rebound performance. He also added three assists and one block. It was the first time this week Travis looked extremely comfortable with the ball in his hands, even launching two gorgeous three-point attempts, an aspect of his game NBA scouts begged him to work on in his final year of school.

6-foot-4 freshman Tyler Herro wasn’t too far behind in the scoring column, finishing with 15 points on 6-13 shooting, four rebounds, and two assists. He ended the Big Blue Bahamas tour leading the team with 69 total points (17.25 PPG) on 24-41 shooting (59 percent). Herro also added 8-18 from three (44 percent) and 15-15 from the free throw line.

Sophomore point guard Quade Green caught fire once again against Toronto, adding 14 points on 6-9 shooting and 2-3 from three off the bench. He didn’t add any assists, rebounds, or steals, but after a 1-11 shooting finish in game one, it’s great to see the smooth-operating “veteran” get back to his scoring roots.

Keldon Johnson and PJ Washington also added 13 points each, combining for 16 total rebounds. Like Travis, Washington drilled two three-pointers, showing off the range he has been focused on extending this summer.

As a whole, the entire team impressed in the shooting department, pretty much every day since their rough 2-20 event-opener. Kentucky hit 24 of their last 48 shots from beyond the arc to finish 38-percent from distance on the week.

Though it didn’t necessarily show in the stat sheet, Ashton Hagans had yet another impressive all-around game. He finished with seven points (3-5 shooting), six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and just one turnover. He made the opposing guards uncomfortable all day long, picking up on defense all 94-feet on most occasions. Hagans may not be a mastermind on offense, but he’ll absolutely win games for Kentucky on the defensive end this year. Championship-level effort, nonstop. Hagans will be a fan-favorite.

As for his backcourt partner Immanuel Quickley, he struggled a bit finding his groove from the field. He finished 2-8 shooting for six points, with several shots missing by just a hair. He was able to get open and created his own shot, so it’s certainly not a cause for concern going forward. He facilitated for his teammates, as well, adding four assists and three rebounds, to go with just his first two turnovers of the week.

Here’s the final boxscore:

We’ll have more throughout the night on Kentucky’s big week.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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