Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Villains Escape Rupp Arena with an Overtime Victory

The Villains 152
Big Blue All-Stars 149 F/OT

Exhibition Final from Lexington, Kentucky

A long three-point attempt by Jodie Meeks rimmed out at the buzzer, sealing a high-scoring 152-149 overtime victory for The Villains in Monday night's exhibition game at Rupp Arena.

Former Florida star Corey Brewer led the way for The Villains with 32 points and 5 steals. Former Connecticut star Rudy Gay added 25 points and several gravity-defying dunks. Ex-Indiana guard Eric Gordon put in 24 points.

Kenneth Faried had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for The Villains. Faried and Lexington native Shelvin Mack were welcomed with loud cheers by the pro-University of Kentucky fans.

Former Duke big man Christian Laettner, who served as head coach of The Villains, did not receive a warm welcome. Laettner was booed loudly on several occasions before eventually being "ejected" in a scripted exit.

“There’s nothing wrong with booing, yelling and cursing someone every now and then,” Laettner said after the game. He admitted that UK fans had great reason to dislike him after he hit "the shot" against the beloved 1992 Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament.

Before leaving the game, Laettner went out to a wet spot on the court, got on his knees and wiped the court with a towel. The fans cheered as Laettner wiped the floor, then booed again loudly when former Duke star Nolan Smith escorted him off the court.

The Big Blue All-Stars, who ended up playing without John Wall and Tayshaun Prince, had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation but a Nazr Mohammed jumper missed the mark.

Jodie Meeks led all scorers with 42 points on 18-30 shooting for the All-Stars. Rajon Rondo had 21 points and 14 assists. Brandon Knight scored 20 points, before leaving with an apparent ankle injury after only 19 minutes of action.

Enes Kanter, making his Rupp Arena debut to the delight of the pro-UK fans, overcame a shaky start to finish with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Mohammed and Keith Bogans scored 12 points apiece, Mohammed also pulled down 13 rebounds.

The game, despite disappointing attendance numbers, raised $50,000 for the Jimmy V Foundation.

Kentucky fans cheered loudly when former Louisville star Terrence Williams failed on a dunk attempt:

1 comment:

KWAPT said...

Sad to hear more NBA games being cancelled tomorrow..man this sucks.

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