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March 12, 2008 at 10:35 PM

Cal post-game

And is it season post-game?
That’s the biggest question now, whether the Huskies will have another game left to play this season.
Indications are that the Huskies are likely to at least get a call from the new CBI, but that it will be a lot harder to get into the NIT now with the Cal loss giving them a 16-16 record.
“From what we’ve done, the games we’ve won and how we’ve been playing lately, I think we deserve to keep playing,” said Jon Brockman.
And Brockman said he’ll likely be there if the Huskies get that chance.
He said later he tried to make a go of it in warmups before the game but finally decided that it wasn’t worth the risk to his ankle, and that he also probably couldn’t do enough to make it worth taking that risk.
UW guard Ryan Appleby said “it was weird” playing without Brockman since so much of the offense runs through him. “When we need an easy basket, we can just throw it to him,” he said. “So it’s tough not playing witih him.”
But for much of the night, the Huskies did okay getting a lot of contributions from a lot of different players.
Quincy Pondexter scored a season-high 23 points, showing he can respond to a greater role when asked. He hit 9-16 shots and never seemed to waver in his aggressive attitude.
Artem Wallace almost had a double-double (11 and 9) and played good defense, especially early. Joel Smith shook off the cobwebs to score eight points in 20 minutes, his best game since the win at Arizona State. And Justin Holiday, in his first game since Feb. 10, was a presence in the eight minutes he was on the floor.
“Our guys did a great job of trapping, of being patient offensively and getting good shots,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said.
Unfortunately, Joe Wolfinger couldn’t repeat the success he’d had against Cal in Berkeley, going scoreless and reboundless in 10 minutes, and Matthew Bryan-Amaning picked up three fouls in 10 minutes and was never really a factor.
Romar pointed later to the stat sheet showing Cal with a 43-34 rebounding edge, and 20-14 in second-chance points, and said that was the difference.
“In a game that was decided by three points, I think that might have been the difference,” he said.
Of course, the shot by Ryan Anderson late was a killer, as well.
“As soon as he caught it I was thinking ‘that’s not the guy we want to have the ball in his hands,”’ Brockman said.
I touch on a lot of the nuts-and-bolts of the game in our coverage that will be on-line and in the paper, so I’ll link to that later.
Is it the last time this year I do so?
UW players remained wary but hopeful it won’t be their last game.
“But anytime you leave your future in someone else’s hands, it’s not a good feeling,” said Brockman.



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