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Oregon Basketball

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December 12, 2018

The Ducks got a much needed win against the San Diego Toreros 65-55 on Wednesday night. 

The unlikely hero of the night for me was Ehab Amin who acted as a spark for the Ducks in the first half. 

Amin came into the program as a graduate transfer that was known for his ability to steal the ball and against San Diego he did just that, finishing the game with 3 steals. 

The game didn’t start out great for the Ducks who were consistently getting jammed up by San Diego’s defense. There was even a five minute period where Oregon didn’t score at all. Then came Amin, whose mom flew from Alexandria, Egypt to watch him play today, who hit a 3 to jump start Oregon. On defense the Ducks, led by Amin again, played the most aggressive defense I’ve seen them play this year. It worked and the Ducks where able to reign in San Diego and close their lead to a single point before half time. 

Where Amin was the spark for the Ducks in the first half Bol Bol was the closer in the second half. 

Bol has always been a fun player to watch because of his size, athleticism and skill. In the Ducks last three games he has had some really impressive performances which leads me to believe that he is comfortable at the collegiate level. That’s great news for Duck fans. Against San Diego Bol lead scoring with 20 points and 9 rebounds. On offense he was practically unstoppable from anywhere on the court. He continued to show off his range hitting a pair of threes including one that was especially deep. In the paint he showed his incredible finesse for a 7 footer when he split two defenders to get the lay in. On the defensive end Bol was a big deterrent in the paint and when they did challenge him he fought back finishing the game with 5 blocks. At the start of the year there was some skepticism about his lack of effort but I think that these last three games have really shown the kind of player that Bol is. The combo of Bol and King is also something that I am really excited to see continue to grow. 

Overall, I really like what I saw from the Ducks against San Diego. They played extremely aggressive on defense and it paid off. The team seems to be working together a lot better than early in the season which should relieve a lot of Duck fans because when this team is unified they play really good basketball. 

Next up for the Ducks is a rematch against Boise State who beat the Ducks last year after a heart breaking half court shot. Can Oregon get revenge?

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