Kentucky basketball players adapt to ‘platoon’

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.So sophomore center Dakari Johnson didn’t mind when he had a block, a put-back, two boards and four points in a two-minute span but was sitting next to Calipari 12 seconds later. And sophomore point guard Andrew Harrison was fine when he had two assists, a steal and a dunk in barely a minute but was on the bench 40 seconds later.At least no one said so. All three players who spoke after the exhibition said quite the opposite.“If we win, I’m cool,” Cauley-Stein said. “And I think that’s where everybody else has to get to. And if everybody else gets to that, it’s a whole different ballgame. If people are worrying about their stats – ‘Oh, I need such-and-such’ – that’s when you get to the point of: ‘Are you really trying to win or are you just trying to get your stats up?’“I think for the most part, everybody is trying to win.”Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Follow him on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. LEXINGTON, Ky. – John Calipari is fond of saying that what he’s trying to do, keep 10 future pros happy by dividing and deploying them as a pair of platoons, has “never been done.” Accordingly, the University of Kentucky coach will find himself trying to answer questions this season that most coaches have never even considered.For instance: How will players react when they are abruptly removed in the middle of a hot streak, simply because it’s their platoon’s turn to sit? Ask Karl-Anthony Towns. In the Wildcats’ exhibition opener Sunday, the 6-foot-11 freshman scored eight of UK’s first 15 points — but sat down less than a minute after his fourth dunk in the first 4:11.Then he scored 8 of 11 points for the Cats to close out the first half, only to see his backup start the second half. For the night, Towns scored 22 points in just 18 minutes. Was it frustrating to have his flow so frequently interrupted?RELATED: Platoon system is one of necessity for CalipariRELATED: UK’s platoons nothing new for winning D-3 coachRELATED: UK’s Poythress stars on SI hoops cover“No,” Towns said, “because I have great teammates and I know they’re going to keep it up. That’s the thing: When you’re scoring that many points, you always feel like you have the team on your shoulders. But when you have a team like I have and brothers like I have, you know they’re going to come in and just continue the onslaught.”They did in Sunday’s 48-point win over Pikeville. That’s an NAIA team, of course, but one that only lost to Tennessee by 18 the next night.Freshman guard Devin Booker, a member of Kentucky’s second platoon, delivered 16 points in 16 minutes against the Bears. He, too, might’ve gone for much more. He had five points and an assist in a two-minute stretch but was back on the bench less than 60 seconds later.Didn’t bother Booker, either.“Because it helps you later in the game,” he said. “Fresh legs for everybody. Five people in, five people out. You can come in and give your all the whole time, knowing that you’re going to go back out there and just give your all again. I feel like it just wears teams down.“Playing against that, it’d be tough – five people in every time and they’re going their hardest, and you have to stay out there on the floor the whole time.”That’s one question Calipari likely won’t have to answer this season: Did you think your team got tired? Kentucky’s players reported no fatigue – really almost no heavy breathing – after Sunday night’s rout, despite collectively playing at a dizzying pace.“Other than, like, say if you had three transition (plays) – like, back, back, back – that’s the only way you’re going to really breathe hard,” junior center Willie Cauley-Stein said. “You definitely feel better. You don’t feel tired. When Coach says that practice is way harder than the games, like, that’s true. You really felt it tonight.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more


Waite waltzes home at Burapha

first_imgWith most of the players playing here for the first time the scores were quite good, well apart from Sel who scored a magnificent 16 point total.  Bob Van Mol took line honours on the day with 35 points ahead of Owen Walkley in second with 32 and third on a count back over Eng was Capt Bob with 31.  There were no ‘2’s.Wednesday, August 20, Green Valley – StablefordWe had six groups playing at Green Valley and looking forward to beating the rain, but alas it was not to be and were forced to make a stopover for a beer at John and Geoff’s drinks stop for about half an hour then out we went to finish the round.We had six ladies playing and as usual they put up a good showing; according to William the two girls who played alongside him and John Aylott were magic around the greens. There were a couple of good scores but I think the rain chased a few players away and we had a few NRs.First place went to Owen Walkley with a fine 38 points, second to Nichawan Khiaophuang with 36, third to Rosco Langoulant on 33 and fourth went to Bill Marsden with 32.There were three ‘2’s coming from Wayne Cotterell, Nichawan Khiaophuang (Sa) and Owen Walkley.Friday, August 22, Burapha – StablefordToday we were at Burapha, which will now become our venue for the first and second Friday of each month.  The course is in great condition and the friendly staff see to your needs with a generous smile.Playing A and B courses, as the C has just been renovated and the greens are not up to scratch as yet, we were joined by Robert Cook from the Bendigo Golf Club on a reconnaissance for the club’s next golfing holiday.  Although he played with borrowed clubs, Robert did acquit himself very well and even took a couple of shillings off Capt Bob.The scores were very good and although we did play from the white tees the course was still long enough at 6,200 yards.  Coming in third was Greig Ritchie with 39 points, his best round for a while but being beaten on count back by his good friend David Hausman also on 39.  Taking the top spot was Phil Waite with an amazing 42 points, well done mate!There were three ‘2’s today coming from Rosco, Phil Waite and Greig Ritchie.Note:  The Billabong Golf bar is situated just off Siam Country Club Road looking straight down Lake Mabprachan.  Call Bob on 082 204 3411 if you are looking for a game. PSC golf from The Billabong Golf BarTuesday, August 19, Siam Waterside – StablefordSiam Waterside was the venue for today and being a Sports Day it was a very good deal.  Everyone enjoyed themselves on this wonderful golf course, well almost everyone as Sel had a day he would rather forget; if he wasn’t in the deep rough he managed to make the bunker, and losing 10 golf balls in one round must set a record I’m sure. The Captain got the tee time mixed up but we got away early anyway for a four hour round, not bad for a Sports Day.  A big thank you for our organizer today Rosco taking time out from his duties at the temple and for setting up the next trip there on the 30th September, which will be the last time at Sports Day rates.Friday’s top three: David Hausman, Greig Ritchie and Phil Waite.last_img read more


Bowls’ best visit Pakenham

first_imgTHERE was no shortage of international talent at Pakenham Bowls Club last Wednesday as four world-renowned bowlers turned up and…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img