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Sacha Killeya-Jones seized the day

Wenyen Gabriel is the star of the day, but don’t sleep on an encouraging performance from Sacha Killeya-Jones. Sacha had six points, five rebounds, and two blocks in 16 minutes, by far the best he’s played in months. Those months haven’t been easy for Sacha, who has struggled to find his role, but today’s performance showed just how much of an impact he can make on this team.

“I got to tell you, Sacha, who hadn’t had the opportunity, has been playing behind some pretty good players, now his chance is there,” John Calipari said afterwards. “And I’ll tell you, I’m watching him play, both on defense, offense, rebounding the ball. He’s fighting. He makes us different.”

Always humble, Sacha credited his teammates for helping him break out.

“Just trying to do what I could do to help my team and help us win the game. My teammates did a great job of finding me and creating shots for me. That comes along with it when you just try to play within the team.”

With Jarred Vanderbilt out, someone had to step up on the boards, and Wenyen Gabriel is proud of how Sacha seized the opportunity.

“It was great. I’m really happy for Sacha. He’s been working all year. When the opportunity presented itself today, he stepped up to the plate and played aggressive. I hope he continues to do that because we need it.”

“The thing about Sacha is he’s always been positive,” Wenyen added. “He’s always been a great teammate coming up and continuing to work hard. For him to take advantage of the opportunity today, the team as a whole is real proud of him and we just hope he continues to do it because we know he’s capable of it. It was never a talent thing for him.”

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander agreed.

“I just think he was forced to step up with Jarred being out. Elevating for rebounds, the hard rebounds, Sacha grabbed today. Sacha was really good too at blocking shots and rebounding. He was a big, big help today.”


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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11 Comments for Sacha Killeya-Jones seized the day

  1. runningunnin.454
    7:26 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

    He had the chance, and he grabbed the ring.

  2. nicky
    7:27 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

    Good stuff TT….thanks

  3. 4everUKblue
    7:46 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

    Count me as an SKJ fan.

  4. jaws2
    7:49 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

    Our bigs will have to play great tomorrow. TN pushed us all over the court in previous games. I just happen to believe they can’t best us 3 times this year. Go Cats!

  5. Han
    7:53 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

    SKJ was great. But I’d bet ya everything in my wallet Richards starts tomorrow.

    For whatever reason, Cal seems to feel the only way Richards (and Diallo) will get into the right frame of mind is to keep starting them. He must think they’ll only respond worse if they have to come off the bench.

    • shelby
      8:15 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      Doesn’t matter who starts; what matters is who plays!

    • Memphis UK Cat
      8:21 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      I will pay for dinner for you and your husband for not being invited. Send me the bill and thanks for what you do!

  6. Kat4Life
    8:03 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

    SKJ was great today……earning more confidence and playing very well.

  7. sincitycat
    8:18 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

    Hello from St. Louis…SKJ gave us a huge lift and played with energy to help offset Jared’s absence. Rockin’ the Big Blue in St. Lou.

  8. spincr4hire72
    8:56 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

    I hope skj stays next season

  9. KYJelly
    10:54 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

    My only concern is when Vando comes back, SKJ’s minutes will be gone when it should be Richards who loses his PT