Recap from Blue-White scrimmage 2016


during the Blue and White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena on Friday, October 21, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Blue Team defeated the White Team 110-94. Photo by Lydia Emeric | Staff 

By Sadie Hobbs

The 2016-17 edition of UK Men’s Basketball got their first real taste of game action in Rupp Arena in 2016 at the annual Blue-White scrimmage, putting on one last show before the exhibition games begin. Early on the Cats revealed their strengths and weakness’.

The White Team, predominantly veteran players, started off shaky. A quick pick-up by Senior Derek Willis put the White Team ahead with a handful of minutes left in the 1st half. Willis finished the game with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe continued to show growth in his game from last season. Briscoe with 49 points kept the White Team in it.

“You know, I love the fact that Isaiah is shooting the ball better, making free throws, shooting those better,” coach John Calipari said.

Freshman Sacha Killeya-Jones, started with a put-back dunk, but followed quickly with a couple errors. His aggressive game took him out with a busted eye. He would not return to the court until there was about five minutes left in the game.

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The Blue Team redefined athleticism. Freshmen Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox, looked like they were playing in mid-season form with their dynamic play and their ability to get to the rim.

Fox created his own shots with ease, while Monk made a Russell Westbrook-like dunk suitable for the SportsCenter Top 10.

Monk said after the game that the trio of himself, Briscoe and Fox would be “unstoppable.” Fox led the Blue Team with 31 points followed by Monk with 26 points.

Fox, Briscoe and Monk are fantastic guards; Dominique Hawkins looks to be a contributor on the wing along with Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder. And big men Killeya-Jones, Wenyen Gabriel, Bam Adebayo Isaac Humphries will provide a lot help down low.

The Blue Team took the victory 110-94 and although the White team may have lost according to the scoreboard, all in all, this was about the team as a whole.