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August 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Abdul Gaddy comes through again in Spain

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Abdul Gaddy drained a half-court jumper as time expired in the fourth quarter to force overtime where Shawn Kemp Jr. scored the go-ahead-basket in a 74-73 win over Zaragoza, a tier 1 professional team in Spain.
For the second straight game, the starting lineup included Gaddy, Scott Suggs and C.J. Wilcox at guard, Desmond Simmons at forward and center Aziz N’Diaye.
Once again, Gaddy led the way offensively. He finished with a team-high 17 points and his big shot at the end of regulation was just as important as Kemp’s short jumper with 20 seconds left that gave UW the lead for good.
Kemp hasn’t started, but it looks as if he’s being groomed to finish games. For the second straight game, he scored the final basket in a close contest. The sophomore forward sank a hook shot with 1:45 left in UW’s 68-65 win over Tarragona on Monday.
Here’s a few observations from Wednesday’s game.
— It’s important to remember the Huskies are playing international rules, including four quarters and a 24-second shot clock.
— The free throw shooting continues to be a problem. Washington converted just 3 of 13 (23.1 percent) from the charity stripe. Not only did the Huskies fail to get to the line, but once they got there they couldn’t hit the freebies. Not sure what’s worse, 13 free throw attempts or 10 misses at the line.
— It appears as if Washington still has not gotten comfortable with its new read-and-react offense, which is to be expected. In the first game, the Huskies committed 28 turnovers and this time they had 21.
— Gaddy was very efficient and sloppy offensively. He converted 8 of 9 shots from the field, but he was 0 for 3 from the free throw line. He dished out five assists, but he had six turnovers. He also played 24 minutes, which seems a little low for the four-year starting point guard.
— Nice bounce-back game for N’Diaye who finished with a double double, 12 points and 14 rebounds in 27 minutes. Obviously if he plays like that then Washington will be formidable beneath the basket. Interesting to note, N’Diaye was one of three big men to collect three steals. He also had two assists.
— Suggs will probably be given the green light to shoot and today he attempted a game-high 13 shots, making five. He as 3 of 8 from downtown. Suggs did a nice job on the glass and finished with five rebounds. He played 34 minutes.
— The other star was redshirt freshman guard Andrew Andrews who tallied 21 minutes for the second straight game, which was the most among the reserves. He scored 13 points onf 5-for-12 shooting. It appears as if Andrews was more of a scorer than a playmaker because he didn’t tally an assists. However, he had three rebounds.
— Wilcox collected six rebounds while playing a team-high 35 minutes. He also had three assists. Wilcox forte is the long-ball, but he’s been off the mark in Spain. In two games, he’s 1 for 9 behind the arc. On Wednesday he was 0 for 4 and 5 of 13 from the field for nine points.
— Big rebounding night for Simmons who had eight. However, he shot 1-for-6 on free throws, which just as detrimental as his four fouls and two turnovers.
— Redshirt freshman Jernard Jarreau finds a way to make contributions in relatively limited minutes. This time he played 17 minutes and had three steals, three rebounds, two points and two assists to offset two turnovers.
— On the other end of the spectrum, sophomores Hikeem Stewart and Martin Breunig need to be more productive during the short time they have on the floor.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs

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