Battle 4 Atlantis Blog
11/22/18 – 8:00 a.m.
[Ed. Note: Longtime Wahoo and Friend of the Site Wahoo Josh is on hand in the Bahamas with the team, and he will be posting dispatches for HOOS Place. Thanks Josh!]
- Thanksgiving Eve at Atlantis – brilliant sunshine and 13,000 Fitbit steps by 6:00 p.m. The Aquaventure water park is extensive. My bride loved riding the “Rapids River” at least four times, a mile-long float on tubes with waves and rapids – nice recreation. We saw cheerful Wahoos throughout the day all over the resort.
- Visited the sports booking parlor and will consider a wager or two by Friday. College football Kentucky -17 vs. Louisville seems like a sure win. Do I dare gamble on the Commonwealth Cup game?
- Watched Duke and Gonzaga. Duke’s defense failed for 30 minutes, but Gonzaga wore down and could not make their shots for a full 40 minutes. What a dramatic ending……how many times did the Zags stop Duke in the last minute of the game? WOW!
- We met family members of Kyle Guy and Jack Salt at the UVA Club pre-game event, and waited to enter the game with twins from the softball team. Jack’s parents had not been to the East Coast for almost a year. His sister is a stunning Amazon on the rowing team for Oklahoma.
- A brief wait post-game was rewarded with encounters with most of the team. Hunter and Key were especially gracious with autographs. Jay Huff is ridiculously tall.
The Hoos started the game red hot with balanced scoring, and the lead grew to 30-9 in a hurry. Diakite’s two early fouls brought Jack on the floor for extended first half minutes and probably fouled up Tony’s expected substitution pattern. We only played eight men until the last four minutes of the game, and those eight played a full ration of minutes. Starters Hunter, Guy, Jerome, and Key played between 30 to 35 minutes each.
MTSU took the initiative with aggressive defensive play midway through the first half and kept the game in reach longer than Hoo fans would have preferred. Early in the second half they closed to 38-30. It was painful to see 13 UVA turnovers as the game got ragged. A drought of almost five minutes while we were stuck on 30 points was aggravating.
De’Andre Hunter stuffed the stat sheet – close to a triple double – and Braxton Key was the primary contributor in the game-clinching surge midway through the second half. Key was knocked to the floor twice on drives early in the second half, but his relentless play paid off. His highlight was grabbing an offensive rebound after being knocked to the floor once again, and gathering himself for a hoop and a harm on his third effort of the possession.
Ty Jerome had his quietest game of the young season with only 5 shots attempted, 7 points and 3 assists in 31 minutes. Look for him to step back up against Dayton.
Happy Thanksgiving to All!