The internet has been nonexistent today so I haven’t been able to put words and sentences and photos online, but I believe I’ve found a decent spot with some signal so I’ll try to get a little something up now.
THIS TEAM IS GOOD.
Buddies, yesterday I wrote that I didn’t know what to say about what I saw after two games; today I’m even more blown away after what the Cats did in their third appearance here in the Bahamas. It was the Puerto Ricans again, back for more after Sunday’s 25-point loss to UK, and this time it got even uglier. Kentucky won today’s rematch by 36 points and, by my unofficial count, half of the made field goals came from lobs. The official box score (which has been far from accurate in these games) has Kentucky down for 21 assists. If that’s the case, I’m calling 20 of them alley oops because it never seemed to stop.
The star of the game was whoever you want it to be because, again, everyone played outstanding basketball. Alex Poythress led all scorers with a 15 and 10 afternoon, his third consecutive game at his best. I realize these are silly exhibitions in the Bahamas, but he’s really trying to show us he’s turned the corner and ready to give maximum effort. When that happens, it’s over for whoever has to deal with him. He won’t be stopped.
Of course, Derek Willis is the talk of the town after he played his best game as a Cat. The sophomore version of the local boy is playing with a new confidence and he’s out to prove he deserves minutes in this mega rotation Cal has to figure out. After the game he told us, “I’m just trying to find my niche, where I fit in, and I’m starting to get there.” He said he’s coming out of his shell on this trip.
Then you have Marcus Lee, Karl Towns, Aaron Harrison and really everyone throwing in solid showings. Hell, Tod Lanter hit a three and EJ Floreal scored in transition to make it 12 players with a made bucket. It’s insane how good these guys are playing and they’re doing it as a collective unit, playing so unselfish, communicating so well, and having so much fun. Someone give me a high five right now. I’m about to hug the maid or a bell boy I’m so excited about this team.
And now it’s time to go see them enjoy the night out with the fans here at Atlantis. I’ll check in again soon, assuming the internet allows that to happen. Good talk.