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Oregon Basketball

Ducks Lose in OT

January 10, 2019
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That was a tough loss. Both teams had ups and downs throughout the game but the difference was the Bruins close games out strong, whereas the Ducks don’t. 

 

One of the biggest missing pieces for this Ducks team has been a true shooter, someone that’s able to put the whole team on his back in close game situations, like Dillon Brooks did. The Bruins have three players that can fit that bill in Jaylen Hands, Kris Wilkes and Prince Ali who combined for 52 points against the Ducks. What hurt the Ducks lead the most in the closing minutes was the pair of Ali and Wilkes sinking three after three to close the lead to only 3 with seconds left on the clock.

 

But aside from the Ducks not having a closer I was really impressed by the performances from Louis King, Victor Bailey Jr. and Ehab Amin. 

 

King might be one of the youngest players on the team but he has become one of the most vocal members of the team when he is on or off the court always trying to be in communication with his teammates. His offense is also starting to really pick up as he continues to expand his shot. Against the Bruins he had his best performance from beyond the arc going 4/9 and was able to use that to draw the defender out before driving to the rim. He would finish the game with a team high 22 points and 10 rebounds. 

 

Bailey Jr. was another Duck who had a strong offensive outing against the Bruins putting shots from all over the court. Of all the Ducks I think he is the most consistent and willing to shoot from anywhere on the court. He has a nice deep stroke and has the athleticism and speed to keep defenders on their toes. 

 

This was Ehab Amin’s game to shine for the Ducks. He is known for his ability to create turnovers and get steals, but hasn’t been able to really show what he can do because he can get in foul trouble easily, and against the Bruins who are turnover prone I thought he could really lead the Ducks to the victory, and he almost did. On offense he didn’t really have an impact only making one field goal and one free throw. But his defensive effort is another story. He was small and quick and was able to finish the game with 5 steals and a handful of turnovers. On two separate occasions he was able to swipe the ball out of Bruins coming down with the rebound leading to second chance opportunities for his teammates to score. Late in the game he got a few calls against him that were questionable at best and I think that messed with him mentally going into the final minute and overtime. The Ducks didn’t end up getting the win but I was really impressed with Amin’s play throughout the entire game.

 

The last thing I want to talk about is Payton Prichard and his performance against the Bruins. I don’t know what happened before the game or what was going on during the game but Pritchard didn’t show up today. His final stat line was 4 points (all from the line) 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Pritchard has never really been a true point guard playing more like a shooting guard but today something was clearly off as he shied away from shooting the ball on multiple occasions. When he was forced to shoot the ball he missed every shot going 0/11 on the night. I don’t know what happened with Pritchard tonight but in a game where he really needed to step up he was nowhere to be found. 

 
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