For the weekend re-match against the Danish national team, the Golden Bears would have to get it done without starting big men Harper Kamp (knee) and Richard Solomon. (eye) Although both players could probably have made a go of it for a regular season game, it was a great experience for the youngsters to step up. Starters Robert Thurman and David Kravish did not disappoint going for 17 and 14 and 7, respectively. After a relatively slow start that saw the Bears establish a slim 26-24, 1st quarter lead, they steadily pulled away. It was 50-44 at half, 71-61 after three, and then the young Bears blew it open in the 4th to close with a thirteen point margin. It's unknown how much playing time the younger players will get once Monty shortens his rotation towards the regular season. However, it's great to see that many of them might be ready to contribute sooner rather than later. In particular, Robert Thurman has had a really strong trip and looks to challenge Bak Bak to be the 1st big off the bench this year. We really appreciate assistant Coach John Montgomery's willingness to update us via his twitter account, @JohnMontyCal. And, a special shout-out to adminstrative assistant, Jenna Hall, for her in-game tweets. After the jump, the actual live tweets and the rest of the stats.
Cal vs Danish national team about to get underway...Go Bears!
Score after first quarter- Cal 26 Danish 24
Halftime score- Cal 50 Danish 44
Second half starting 5- Robert Thurman, David Kravish, Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez and Justin Cobbs
Score after 3rd quarter- Cal 71 Danish 61
Final score- Cal 95 Danish 78...Go Bears!
Final stats - Thurman 17, Kravish 14 & 7 rebs, Crabbe 13, Powers 10, Gutierrez 9, Cobbs 8 & 8 assts , Smith 7, Behrens 6, Murray 5, Rossi 3
Kamp and Solomon DNP