Saturday, January 10, 2009

Another Sweep and a Game for the Books

So much to say about this basketball team. First off, to go up to Pullman and win and avoid a letdown after a big sweep of the AZ schools was impressive. And as expected, Cal was sluggish and relying on outside shots vs. UW, and UW was blowing by them early. But after being down 11, Cal summoned the gods, made a crazy run, and Jerome Randle channeled Reggie Miller and blasted a three to tie it with seconds left. Three overtimes later, with Randle and Kamp fouled out, and two freshman running the 1 and 2 spots, Cal won in a hostile Bank of America arena, showing the kind of chutzpah we haven't seen since Kidd and co. shocked UCLA back in the days of yore.

All I can say is check your cable fox sports guide for the replay, because this was one of the craziest games I have ever watched. Cal sent it to OT on a three (Randle), sent it to triple OT on a tip in and foul for three (Seeley showing nerves for a freshman), and won on a tip in and foul for three (Robertson). And every guy made clutch plays.

This is a really tough team mentally, and they are finding ways to win every game. At no point did they ever look nervous or hyped. They looked calm and just kept playing their game. Great win for 10 in a row, and first in the conference.

Abominated Press story here.


Anonymous said...

this has got to be one of the top 5 Cal games of all time, but maybe the top game in terms of improbable and gutty.

SD said...

Totally agree - ridiculous game. The clutch freethrows alone were absurd. When Randle and Kamp went to the bench, I expected the team to fall apart. Instead it was like nothing changed. They stayed cool and just made plays. They almost looked like they expected to win. Amazing game.

Anonymous said...

Hello, love the blog, keep up the good work!

Simply an amazing game. We are 15-2, a better record than UCLA! Montgomery has made me a believer.

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