Nothing from Fish? Where is the pre-game analysis and predictions? It appears that it was a pretty blah game, though my Dad till call me at the beginning worried because Portland was hot early. I told him he should be watching stake conference but I have also showed him how to do that a dozen times and he still forgets (what do you expect, he’s 83). I also told him not to worry, it was Portland.
BYU gets the easy win (I presume it was) but I missed the entire game. Between stake conference on zoom and the 49ers vs Packers it was third on my priority list.
Well, I was at Stake Conference in person. I saw the score with 48 seconds left and we gave up like 6 points at the end? Didn’t make the spread.
Lohner had a good game. Atiki stayed in the game all the way to the end. Barcello had a slow game. What happened there against Portland? Hope he hasn’t peaked.
Portland was not an easy win. They led most of the first half. From 1 min left in the 1st, and the entire 2nd, BYU finally put the game away.
Barcello had his lowest out put of the year but schools are sending so many players at him that others are wide open.
If I could write a script for BYU success, it would be this game, Lucas lead the way with 7 assists, he is a assassin Game high of 16 points
Traore had a perfect night, did not miss a shot. 13 to go with 10 boards, stud
Knight had a 2nd great game in a row, big back to back 3s
But the MVP was Lohner, scored the 1st 7 points and just plain played like a NBA draft pick, filled up the stats everywhere.
Portland had 0 turnovers in the first, a rare stat… They ended up with 7.
BYU is now a tournament team. When scoring comes from MANY players instead of 2 or 3, they become winning teams. For the longest time it was the AB-Lucas show. As of today, Traore is capable of a 20 point night. He is by far our most efficient player out there. His back up, Atiki can give him quality minutes and even be counted to score if Foos is injured or in foul trouble. That position was the reason why BYU lost to UVU, Creighton, and Vandy.
Lohner looks like he turned the corner with 3 out of 4 quality games. It was always between his ears, he is mauling smaller players now and to be honest, Lohner should always be bigger/stronger than the guys he faces because there are very few 6’8 fours running around out there with his hops and raw strength. Those made 3s are a beautiful thing.
Knight has finally found his BYU footing. for the longest time, he had been a wild stallion doing his thing on poorly coached teams, he comes to BYU, where Pope runs a show more like Greg Popovich, everyone has a role and Knight just could not fit in. He sure does now. His back to back 3s make him dangerous.
Johnson is the most subtle defender out there. He will always take on their best outside shooter when Barcello is taking a rest. He gets in the mosh pit with bigs and comes up with disrupting steals. He can be counted on to make the jumper or open 3, just a quiet player who carries a big stick.
Then you have Knell, who can get you 12 ppg on any night. George as well to some extent.
No, I had a lot going on Saturday, spent four hours in the dentist chair on Friday (broken tooth, Cracked another tooth and did some damage to the filling yet to a third tooth) and was recovering from that.