Cal's Take on Cats Through 3 Games in Bahamas

Cal's Take on Cats Through 3 Games in Bahamas

UK is drubbing opponents overseas. Just how good is Kentucky?
Coach Cal was worried his team wouldn't win any of the six games in the Bahamas, now Solid Blue fans would be disappointed with anything other than a clean sweep overseas.

Check out the video for game 3 highlights and Cal's take on the team through the first half of the Big Blue Bahamas Tour.

Game three notes are below plus the box score is attached to this story as well!

Kentucky Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky 93, Puerto Rico National Team Reserves 57
August 12, 2014
Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium


Team Records, Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 3-0 and 2-0 against the Puerto Rico National Team Reserves on its 2014 exhibition tour in the Bahamas.
  • Including a trip to Canada for an exhibition series in 2010, the Wildcats are now 6-0 in exhibition contests in the John Calipari era.
  • Assistant coach John Robic served as Kentucky’s head coach in today’s contest.
  • The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. ET. UK will play the Dominican National Team coached by former UK assistant Orlando Antigua. Former Wildcat Eloy Vargas is also expected to suit up for the DRNT.
  • UK dished out 21 assists and has combined for 58 assists in the three contests.
  • For the third straight contest, at least 10 Kentucky players scored at least one basket. All but one who appeared in the game netted at least two points.
  • Kentucky dominated the boards and hauled in 41 for the game. Six different players had three or more snags.
  • Entering the contest, UK had combined to shoot 50 percent from the floor. In today’s victory, the Cats utilized a 62 percent shooting clip and charted 15 field goals by way of a dunk. Marcus Lee led the way with a team-high six dunks. Each one of his made field goals came in the form of a jam.
  • The Wildcats sunk a Bahamas-tour-high six 3-pointers in today’s game at a 50 percent rate. Sophomore Aaron Harrison hit three triples, while Tod Lanter, Tyler Ulis and Derek Willis also hit from long range.


First Half Facts

  • Kentucky used the starting lineup of Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress for the third consecutive outing.
  • Kentucky’s first subs off the bench remained the same with the squad of Dominique Hawkins, Marcus Lee, Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyler Ulis and Derek Willis.
  • Puerto Rico jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage and kept the game close midway through the opening stanza.
  • Poythress ignited a 7-0 UK run behind three offensive rebounds in back-to-back possessions.
  • UK held an 18-12 lead at the 10:21 mark and went on a 16-2 overall run following a Willis 3-pointer and then a feed from Hawkins to Willis for an alley-oops dunk to give the Blue and White a 34-14 edge.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 22 following consecutive Aaron Harrison 3-pointers from the left wing.
  • UK combined for seven first half dunks, with more than half coming in transition.
  • Poythress led the way with nine opening half points and six rebounds.
  • Andrew Harrison had seven first half points and four assists.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns added eight points in first half.





Second Half Facts

  • UK began the second half with Hawkins, Lee, Towns, Ulis and Willis in the lineup for the third straight game.
  • That unit opened the half on a 5-0 run; and has now put together at least a two-possession stretch of points in three straight games to open the second half.
  • Lee capped the run with a steal and run out one-handed jam to push UK’s lead to 28.
  • Kentucky pushed the advantage to 39 following Aaron Harrison’s third made triple of the game at 86-49.
  • UK earned its largest lead following a Lanter made 3-pointer and an EJ Floreal made layup at 91-51.
  • Lee and Johnson both led all second half scorers with eight points apiece. Johnson also hauled in a squad-best four rebounds after the break.


Individual Notes

  • Aaron Harrison poured in 12 points paced by a 3-for-4 day behind the arc.
    • Hauled in three rebounds and added a pair of steals in the win.
    • Averaging 10.7 points per game and shooting at a 57 percent clip.
  • Andrew Harrison logged nine points and a team-high six assists.
    • Has four or more assists in all three games.
    • Was a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe.
  • Dominique Hawkins dished out four assists and added two points and two steals.
    • Notched six assists in three games.
    • Has at least one steal in every game in the Bahamas.
  • Marcus Lee totaled 14 points and seven rebounds.
    • Made six field goals all by way of a dunk.
    • Grabbed two offensive boards and five on the defensive end.
    • Shot 86 percent from the floor and is shooting .722 during the Bahamas tour.
  • Alex Poythress notched a double-double with team highs in points (15) and rebounds (10).
    • Scored six points off of dunks.
    • Totaled 15 offensive rebounds in three games.
    • Has gotten to the free throw line a team-best 16 times.
    • Shooting 68 percent from the field.
    • Is leading the team in points (13.7) and rebounds (8.0) in the tournament.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns posted 10 points and six rebounds in today’s win.
    • Is averaging 13 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in the tournament.
  • Tyler Ulis scored a tournament personal-best seven points and added four assists.
    • Has passed out three or more assists in every contest in the Bahamas.
    • Connected on a 3-pointer for the second straight game.
    • Also contributed a pair of steals and has four total swipes in three games.
  • Derek Willis totaled nine points and five rebounds in the win.
    • Six points came from dunks.
    • Has connected for a 3-pointer in back-to-back games.
    • Posted at least five rebounds in two straight contests.

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