Battle 4 Atlantis Blog
11/22/18 – 10:40 p.m.
- It is Thanksgiving Day, and the extended Wahoo Family is grateful for Tony Bennett and our magnificent program. Many families are here in Atlantis, to include coaches, players, and fans.
- UVA Clubs hosted a Thanksgiving luncheon at noon. No turkey was sacrificed, but I was thankful for a $25 island buffet including multiple desserts.
- Jack Salt’s family (mother, sister, and stepfather) joined us again for the luncheon. Kihei Clark’s family was apparent, along with Ty Jerome’s father Mark and the 20+ folks from Kyle Guy’s corner of Indiana. I met Kihei’s dad at the game, seated directly behind me, and we saw Jay Huff’s parents post-game.
- The post-game interviews were lengthier today, and De’Andre Hunter and Coach Bennett were both gracious with autographs. Again, Jay Huff is ridiculously tall, and he was asked by an Atlantis vendor to jump up and retrieve an inflated toy basketball that was somehow hung up well over 10 feet from the floor.
The Hoos started the game cold and fell behind 7-0. It was one of those games where we ground back into the game and held a 5-point lead at half time. The Flyers had 13 points at the under-12 timeout, but only made it to 22 points by the half. The game slowly turned, and Hoos led 27-22 at the half. That portion of the game was UVA’s best defensive stretch of the game.
Ty’s second foul sat him down at the 10-minute mark and the offense suffered. Clark played the rest of the half, made a couple of threes, but had multiple turnovers. Jay Huff was unassertive in his five minutes, Mamadi Diakite had one of his invisible games, and the offense was often sluggish with little crispness in ball movement. De’Andre Hunter was efficient when he touched the ball in each half, and Kyle Guy had a nice offensive game.
Ty returned to start the second half after a first half donut (0 points). The offense began to percolate, and the Hoos threatened to take over the game. Ty missed a couple of threes, but canned his second attempt in a possession and took off from there. He scored 15 second half points, and the Hoos made a living at the free throw line.
UVA scored 39 points in the second half, but Dayton scored 37 and never backed down until the last 15 seconds. Tony had to be unhappy with the defensive results in the second half. Dayton has some shooters (54% FG), and made some highly contested shots. Unfortunately, UVA had some defensive breakdowns and Dayton went to the hole with authority for easy hoops, to include a couple buckets in the last three minutes of the game when we do not expect the Hoos to yield easily.
De’Andre Hunter scored 23 points with incredible efficiency (8-11 FG, 1-2 3FG, 6-6 FT) and had the shot of the game. The lead stayed between 4 and 9 points for almost the entire second half, and Dayton closed once more to 4 points at 60-56 with a driving dunk at 1:32. As the shot clock wound down, Hunter took a pass on the wing, gave a pump fake, set his feet and rained home a dagger with 53 seconds to play.
Many Wahoo buckets were hard-earned. Check out the video highlights and enjoy the shots that went in. Plenty of fans are fussing tonight, but UVA handled a strong A-10 opponent that gave us their best shot. Wisconsin will be a big challenge. StLouHoo predicted a loss in the upcoming game, and the minutes played by our key performers (38 for Kyle Guy and 39 for De’Andre Hunter) may handicap the Hoos in the third game in three days. Look for Ty Jerome to step up in the spotlight for two halves in a game with higher scoring than expected. UVA 68 Wisconsin 64.