Editor’s Note: The following was previously published on The New Circle Circular, Lexington’s #1 source of Fake News You Can’t Count On.
It was business as usual for Kentucky Sunday night who pummeled the Clarion 108-51 in the way you’d expect the No. 4 ranked team to knock out a Division 2-star hotel. The exhibition, which was set up by Mitch Barnhart after scoring a Groupon for the Clarion last month, is expected to be great exposure for the hotel chain who received a fair amount of praise during Coach Cal’s post-game press conference for a hotel that no one ends up at “by choice.”
“I was really impressed,” said Cal. “In all my years of coaching, that’s the first time the opposing coach as ever left a mint on my chair.”
The Cats, who had six different players in double digits, were led by freshman Malik Monk who bellhopped over multiple defenders on his way to scoring 15. And while senior guard Dominique Hawkins didn’t score many points in the game, he said afterwards, he’s finally racked up enough rewards points to get a free breakfast during his next stay at the Clarion or any of the “By Choice” hotels.
While the Cats set a frantic pace and played stifling defense, the Clarion staffers displayed a much more hospitable approach. In fact, during one TV timeout in the second half, Clarion’s starting point guard/maid brought over ice and some extra towels to the Cats bench.
Unfortunately, the Clarion staff and players were unavailable for interviews after the game since the visiting locker room had a “Do Not Disturb” sign hanging on the door.