Seven Double-Figure Scorers Lead Huskies to Victory in Greece
Sept. 3, 2007
ATHENS, GreeceCoach Lorenzo Romar wants his team to play better in road games. The Washington men's basketball team traveled to 6,200 miles to progress toward that goal.
The Huskies scored four points in the final nine seconds Monday to complete an impressive late rally that resulted in a 103-100 triumph over Peresteri of the Greek Professional League at Papandreou Gym.
The Huskies improved to 2-2 during their five-game tour of Greece. UW defeated Ment 93-81 on Thursday and lost 87-82 at Iraklis on Friday, both in Thessaloniki. On Saturday, UW was dealt a heart-breaking 84-83 setback at Trikala on Saturday.
'We have been playing on the road here in Greece. We played on the road last year and we didn't do very well,' Romar said of his Huskies, who had a 1-10 record in away games during the 2006-07 collegiate campaign.
'We need to learn to win on the road. Tonight, the one-point victory was much better than a 20-point victory because these are the wins that you just pull out. Maybe we didn't play our best, but we pulled it out on the road. We're really pleased with that.'
Seven Huskies scored in double-figures, and the eighth, Joel Smith, tallied nine points. Jon Brockman had 16 points to lead UW, which went ahead for good on his tip-in with nine seconds left to play. Tim Morris rebounded a missed Ryan Appleby trey and attempted a shot that Brockman pushed back into the hoop.
'There were a couple misses and down low there were just a bunch of bodies,' Brockman explained. 'I just kind of timed it off the rim and went up and tipped it right off the front of the rim. It kind of hit the backboard and went in. Being down low, I think I pushed a couple bodies before I jumped up there and got the tip in.'
The decisive rally, during the final four minutes, was typical of the entire game as several Huskies contributed.
Peresteri scored six straight points, building a 97-90 advantage on a basket by Christos Deleganis with 4:10 remaining. The Huskies closed the game on a 13-3 run with points coming from four different players.
After Brockman tied the game 99-99 on a free throw at 1:27, Ralph Bucci converted one of two free throws to forge Peresteri's last lead at 100-99.
Brockman's tip-in followed at 0:09 after which the Greek squad called a timeout, allowing them to inbound the ball from midcourt.
Philipos Moscovitis was unable to put the ball in play and attempted to throw it off the nearest Husky. That was Morris, who gained possession of the ball before it went out of bounds.
Morris credited his teammates for enabling him to steal the ball.
'The great defense off the ball was the key to stealing the ball off the inbounds play. We just had to stay with our defensive principles and get a true stop without fouling.'
Romar explained that the players successfully implemented the defensive strategy on the crucial inbounds play.
'We were going to switch everything. When we did and they set their screens, they had no open receivers to throw the ball to. The guy in-bounding the ball just tried to throw the ball off Tim's body, it wasn't effective and Tim caught it.'
Pondexter sank two free throws with two seconds left to play to secure the UW win.
Peresteri again inbounded the ball from midcourt, this time trailing by three with three seconds remaining. Nikos Kotenis attempted a game-tying 3-pointer from the right baseline that fell short at the buzzer.
Along with displaying improved road play, Brockman believes Monday's result could help the Huskies in future close games.
'That was our problem last year, that we couldn't finish games. We would do what we did tonight, get ahead by one and there would be a couple seconds left and then we wouldn't stay focused until the clock said 0:00.
'It was good tonight, especially because we had to defend an inbounds play at the end. We didn't just end on a shot that we made, we had to get a stop.'
A change in the lineup sparked the first solid start UW has achieved on the trip. The Huskies faced a double-digit, first-quarter deficit in each of the previous three games.
Oliver recorded the first points of the game and Smith slammed in a dunk with 3:24 left in the first quarter that sparked a 10-2 lead. The Huskies led 34-26 after the first quarter, a margin that increased to 47-35 on the strength of a 11-2 run midway through the second period.
Peresteri closed the quarter with a 13-2 surge to draw within 49-48 at halftime.
The lead changed hands five times during the third quarter that ended with the scored tied 74-74.
Bucci scored 22 points to lead Peresteri, which also got 13 from Manzalis Vangelis.
'We've got a chance to end this trip on a good note tomorrow,' Romar concluded.
The Huskies remain in Athens to play Daphni, Tuesday night. UW returns home to Seattle on Thursday.
WASHINGTON 103, PERESTERI 100
Washington (103) -- Smith 3-3, 2-2, 1-2, 9. Brockman 5-11, 0-0, 6-8, 16. Oliver 3-8, 2-4, 3-4, 11. Morris 7-13, 0-1, 0-2, 14. Dentmon 5-11, 0-2, 3-4, 13. Appleby 5-9, 4-7, 0-0, 14. Pondexter 3-4, 0-1, 8-10, 14. Wolfinger 4-11, 0-3, 4-5, 12. Totals: 35-70, 8-20, 25-35, 103.
Peresteri (100) -- Mar. Vangelis 5-7, 0-0, 3-5, 13. Kotenis 3-5, 0-1, 0-0, 6. Amato 2-3, 0-0, 6-7, 10. Moscovitis 3-5, 1-1, 2-4, 9. Bucci 8-10, 1-2, 5-8, 22. Manzaris 2-6, 2-3, 4-4, 10. Kokalis 2-6, 0-4, 2-2, 6. Man. Vangelis 0-1, 0-0, 0-2, 0. Cuic 1-3, 0-0, 4-6, 6. Deleganis 2-2, 0-0, 2-3, 6. Kukulis 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0. Trybanski 4-6, 0-0, 4-5, 12. Totals: 32-54, 4-11, 32-46, 100.
Rebounds -- Washington 34 (Pondexter 9), Peresteri 37 (Mar. Vangelis 8). Turnovers -- Washington 17, Peresteri 24. Fouls -- Washington 31, Peresteri 24.
Score by Quarters -- Washington 34 - 15 - 25 - 29 -- 103. Peresteri 26 - 22 - 26 - 26 -- 100.
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