Friday, August 12, 2011

כיפת הסלע: וילאנובה תבוסות ישראל 94-92

After Israel missed a potential game winning buzzer beater, Villanova was able to defeat Israel 94-92. Defeating Israel is big, especially since they were widely considered to be the best team Villanova would face in this trip even though they were missing Omri Casspi of the Cleveland Cavaliers, their best player.

Dominic Cheek finished with 34 points on a nearly impossible to replicate 15-19 shooting, and Mouphtaou Yarou scored 22 points and grabbed 12 boards.

For Israel, Lior Eliyahu had 20 points, and David Blu scored 18

Jay Wright's comments on the performance:
"It sounds crazy to say this in August, but that was a great basketball game and a great win for us. I thought our young guys did a tremendous job against a tough, veteran team that spreads you out defensively."
 It's nice to get a win against a team like Israel that is probably better than VU, but you can't help but think that some things about this game (like shooting 64% from the field) are not sustainable for a long period of time so improvement must be made. Shooting 65% from the line is also unacceptable, even though the team seemed to make them during crunch time. Luckily, there is still time, and Maurice Sutton is only garnering limited minutes!

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