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November 3, 2006 at 10:47 PM

Exhibition impressions

I wasn’t able to be there for Washington’s 108-74 win over St. Martin’s tonight, but one of our correspondents, Terry Wood, covered the game and provided some notes and quotes.
First, here’s the boxscore. You’ll note the fine outings for Ryan Appleby and Adrian Oliver (each 20 points) and Quincy Pondexter (18 points, 13 rebounds), and the relative struggles of Jon Brockman and Justin Dentmon.
UW led by only one point with four minutes to play in the first half and UW coach Lorenzo Romar got on his team at halftime a bit, saying he talked to his team about having “our cool jackets on and going through the motions” and not understanding that they needed to play defense and rebound in the second half.
Here’s some more of what Romar said afterward:
“That was a really good game for us. They were a smaller team, and obviously we were the more talented team out there. They were small and quick and that forced us to have to really concentrate, bear down and defend.”
“They caught us off-guard early in the first half because of their quickness. With a new group out there, we didn’t do a good enough job on the defensive end. Also, with a new group assembled early on, you are still trying to find your identity, and we were looking for an identity out there in the first half. In the second half our identity became what it needs to be. We picked it up on the defensive end and on the boards.”
“Harvey Perry played a big game. He was kind of the catalyst in that whole situation. Once we started to play with energy things started to look up at that point. But it was a great lesson. This is why you play exhibition games, to find out where you are and learn some things, build from there and move on.”
As for Oliver, this is what Romar said: “Adrian was very good. He not only was good offensively, but he attacked the glass. He was so focused out there. He is playing to win the basketball game, nothing else matters. He was going out there to win the basketball game. You want those types of guys on the floor. In some ways he carried us in the first half when we were kind of struggling. I thought he did a nice job.”
Here’s what he said about Pondexter, who had 18 points and 13 rebounds “Take a look at your first half box score (he had four points and four rebounds). Quincy got after it in the second half. He was kind of finding his way in the first half. Our guys collectively really started to rebound in the second half. But we also started to get them to miss.”
And here’s a quote from Oliver about the competition with Appleby for the shooting guard spot: “It’s good competition. It’s not anything where someone is going to be jealous. We are both trying to get a lot of minutes and coach Romar has us pressuring, and that gets us tired every now and then. It starts with hard work in practice. Whoever starts, starts. We’re not here for ourselves, we are here for the team.”

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