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Husky Men's Basketball

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September 1, 2007 at 7:02 PM

Huskies drop a close one

Playing their third game in three days, the Huskies lost a lost close one today on their off-season trip to Greece.
Here’s the story from GoHuskies.com:
The Washington men’s basketball team overcame a sluggish start Saturday, but was unable to turn back a late rally by their opponent from the Greek Professional League.
Trikala scored the game’s final five points, including a free throw by Nikos Katsares with six seconds remaining that capped a 74-73 win over the Huskies at Trikalon Gym.
The Huskies dropped to 1-2 on a five-game tour of Greece. UW defeated Ment Thessaloniki 93-81 on Thursday before losing 87-82 at Iraklis on Friday.
UW led 58-55 entering the last quarter. Senior guard Tim Morris scored the team’s first 10 points of the fourth quarter, on two 3-pointers and two other baskets. He pushed the Huskies’ lead to 68-61 with 6:17 left to play.
“Tim played an exceptional game. He was aggressive on the boards and everywhere,” said Husky coach Lorenzo Romar. “Tim’s got a lot of pride. He didn’t play real well the night before, but he came out tonight and you could see that he was very focused.”
Morris had five points and one rebound in Friday’s game.
“I wanted to win and when we needed to push, I tried to turn it up a little,” Morris said of his fourth-quarter flurry. The Stanford transfer finished with 21 points.
Ryan Appleby’s third 3-pointer, with 58 seconds remaining, put UW ahead 73-69.
Katsares hit one free throw at 0:35 and then the Greek squad regained the ball. Kostas Balafas tied the score 73-73 on a 3-pointer from the right wing at 0:12.
On the ensuing possession, the Huskies turned the ball over and Justin Dentmon was whistled for a four with six seconds on the clock. Katsares missed the first free throw, but sank the second for the final margin.
Appleby’s potential game-winning trey at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
The Huskies committed 22 turnovers, including nine during the fourth quarter.
“We played well enough to win. For a large part of the game we may have had our best effort,” Romar remarked. “But, we had too many turnovers down the stretch. Nine turnovers in the fourth quarter is not going to get it done.”
Jon Brockman recorded his third straight double-double during the trip. He scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead a 47-29 board advantage for UW.
Saturday’s game was the third in as many nights for UW and it was played in a humid arena that topped 90 degrees on the court.
“Playing three straight nights isn’t as bad as the heat,” exclaimed Morris. “But, we turned it over too much late in the game. It will help us, playing a close game like this. Nobody likes to lose and we’ll learn from this.”
Romar agreed that being involved in a tight, late-game situation could benefit his Huskies.
“It’s always good to have close games in exhibitions. The rules are a little different and you don’t get to call timeouts like you’d like. But at the same time, if they were 20-, 30-point blowouts I don’t think you would get a lot out of that.”
For the third straight game UW came out of the blocks slow and faced a double-digit, first-quarter deficit.
Trikala raced out to a 16-4 lead. Morris netted a layup for UW’s first basket 6:15 into the game, snapping a string of 11 missed shots.
The Huskies took their first lead of the game at 34-33 on a put-back by Brockman with 3:37 left in the second quarter. Morris finished a baseline drive with a dunk to even the halftime score at 37-37.
Appleby finished with 11 points for UW.
The Huskies leave Trikala Sunday to visit Athens where they will remain until returning home to Seattle Thursday. Washington has two more games in Greece, Monday against Peristeri and Tuesday against Daphni.
TRIKALA 74, WASHINGTON 73
Washington (73) — Pondexter 1-4, 1-4, 2-2, 5. Brockman 7-13, 0-0, 4-9. 18. Wolfinger 1-7, 0-1, 0-0, 2. Morris 8-14, 3-4, 2-2, 21. Dentmon 3-8, 0-2, 1-2, 7. Oliver 1-3, 1-2, 0-0, 3. Appleby 4-11, 3-10, 0-0, 11. Pondexter 2-6, 0-0, 2-2, 6. Totals: 27-66, 8-23, 11-17, 73.
Trikala (74) — Foros 2-4, 1-3, 2-2, 7. Bogdanos 4-6, 2-3, 1-1, 11. Xarismidis 12. Lepeniotis 4-10, 0-3, 0-0, 8. Kakiamanos 5-15, 3-12, 0-2, 13. Katsades 2-3, 0-0, 5-8, 9. Balafas 4-6, 1-1, 1-3, 10. Foupas 1-2, 0-1, 2-2, 4. Papavasilioy 0-3, 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals: 27-60, 7-24, 13-22, 74.
Rebounds — Washington 47 (Brockman 13), Trikala 29 (Xarismidis 5). Turnovers — Washington 22, Trikala 11. Fouls — Washington 23, Trikala 20.
Score by Quarters — Washington 15 – 22 – 21 – 15 — 73. Trikala 27 – 10 – 18 – 19 — 74.
A FEW COMMENTS:
— The overall turnovers sound a little concerning, but that so many of them happened in the fourth quarter strikes me as an eight-man team playing its third game in three days getting a little tired.
— The scoring output from Morris is encouraging. I detailed his effort to improve his shooting this off-season in a story last week and sounds as if it’s beginning to pay off.
— Looks like Wolfinger may have hit a little wall, as well, and it certainly was unrealistic to expect he would do what he did that first game every night. That he took seven shots indicates he at least played a little bit.
— Pondexter’s knee must be bothering him a little bit as he hasn’t seemed to be scoring as much as I would have thought. He has 29 points in three games, or just under 10 points a game.
— No surprise that Brockman seems unaffectedby playing three games in three days putting up his third straight double-double.
— Noteworthy that UW has fallen behind in the first quarter of every game on the trip. Not sure why, obviously, but at least the team is getting some good experience in rallying.

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