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Oregon Basketball

Comeback Falls Short

January 6, 2019

The Ducks opened up conference play against Oregon State in the two teams 351st meeting. It came down to the final minute of the game but unfortunately the Ducks could not pull out the win over Oregon State, losing 77-72.

If there was a silver lining to this loss it was that this young Duck team re-learned a couple valuable lessons Saturday.

Sticking With It

For a majority of the game the Ducks couldn’t make an open shot to save their lives. On the other end, Oregon State couldn’t miss a shot. It was ugly and it led to the Ducks trailing by double digits for a good portion of the game. Midway through the second half, when the Ducks were trailing by 15 at one point, the Ducks looked like weren’t playing at 100%. Almost as if they had accepted the loss. 

But after a TV timeout at around the eight minute mark, the Ducks started to click on both sides of the court. On offense a combination of Louis King and Victor Bailey Jr. gave life to an otherwise sad offense. On defense the full court press really started to jam up the Beavers’ offense. It was an ugly game, 95-percent of it was hard to watch. But in those final minutes the Ducks got to see that they can fight back and compete if they stay in the game mentally. 

Sometimes You Make That Shot, Sometimes You Don’t 

Everyone might not agree with the three that Louis King took in the final minute of the game, it seemed rushed and if he had passed they might have got a better look. All of that is true but I still like that he took that shot because it showed that he wants to be the player that gets the ball in that situation. Which this team needs desperately. Before that shot, King was having his best performance in a Duck uniform with 17 points and 10 rebounds and the Ducks had the momentum. If there was anyone on the Ducks that I would want to take that shot it’s King with Victor Bailey Jr. in close second. It didn’t fall today but I like that King was willing to pull the trigger and I hope that this doesn’t discourage him from shooting that shot in the future.


I really try to not point my fingers at the referees when Oregon loses because I know that they are a part of the game but today more than other days seemed like the referees made it their goal to determine the winner of the game. There were bad calls favoring both teams but in the last few minutes of the game there were a couple calls against the Ducks and not against the Beavers that killed the Ducks’ momentum. I get that refs come with the game and some of the fouls were justified but in such a close game it was hard to watch the game slip away because of the referees. 

In Conclusion

If you read my preview article you saw that I predicted a close game and that’s what we got. This Oregon team is not the same team that was predicted to win the PAC-12. And just like the rest of the conference, the Ducks are struggling. If the Ducks take anything away from this game, it’s that they should always compete and to apply full court defense throughout the entire game. Somewhere in all of them they have talent so hopefully they all find it quickly because like a couple articles have said, the PAC-12 is wide open.

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