Cal basketball was quick to start their trip down under by dropping 100 in their first contest in a 37 point victory. The Bears had six of their players hit double figures and the Bears shooting 55%. Cal held the Victoria Select offense to 33% shooting, 25% from behind the arc, won the rebounding battle 46-25, and forced 14 turnovers to only nine of their own.
Jaylen Brown led the way with 17 points (6-11 FG), six rebounds and two steals. Ivan Rabb went 5-6 to get to 11 points and 10 rebounds. Tyrone Wallace had 10 points and six assists, although he struggled with his shot (3 for 9). Jordan Mathews (6-7 FG) and Jabari Bird (6-8 FG) were near perfect, combining for 28 points on 15 shots. Kameron Rooks was the biggest surprise, getting to 14 points and six rebounds on 6-8 FGs. Brandon Chauca had seven assists and Kingsley Okoroh added six rebounds.
DJ Vasilijevic led Victoria Select and all scorers with 25 points. Click here for the full box score.
Here are the notes from the play-by-play (click here for the full pxp):
Cal’s first lineup they broke in was Wallace at the point, Mathews at the two, Brown at the three, Rabb at power forward, and Okoroh at center. There were a lot of different substitution patterns if you want to take a look at the play-by-play. Someone is probably a more dedicated charter than me to see who did the best here.
- Mathews and Brown were a two man wrecking crew to start, scoring the first 14 points before mass substitutions ensued.
- Cal won each quarter, building their lead to 25 by the end of the first half.
- Wallace saw the most time in the game with 22-plus minutes. Rabb and Okoroh were around 21 minutes, Singer with just over 20. Brown (17:52), Bird (17:44), Mathews (14:32), Domingo (13:10) split all their time.
- Cal would often sub four or five at one time rather than making individual substitutions. Cal’s first second unit was Chauca, Singer, Domingo, Bird, and Rooks for a few minutes before the starting five came back in.
- Cal played mostly a center with Okoroh and Rooks. When Cal went small (with no Rabb) and only played one big, two of three of Wallace, Singer and Chauca played, with two of the wings (Bird, Domingo, Brown, Mathews) also on the floor.
- Free throw shooting was not too hot. Cal shot 15 of 30 from the line, with only Mathews cracking 60+ percent. Brown was 5 for 9, Wallace was 4 for 7, Rooks 2 for 4, Rabb 1 for 2 and everyone else missed all their charity stripe shots.
- Cal didn’t attempt many three point shots. Bird and Singer hit their lone attempts, and the rest of the team went 1 for 10 (Brown 0-2, Chauca 0-4, Domingo 1-3, Wallace 0-1)
Finally, for those who want video, we do have some early clips! There might be a full video of this later, but for now you’ll have to live with this.
Thanks to Fallon Smith of Comcast Sports Net for giving us some highlights to watch.
Here's Mathews from midrange.
***VIDEO*** Nice transition bucket by Jordan Mathews he leads all scorers with 13 so far @CalMensBBall pic.twitter.com/zmgsmcPS3h— Fallon Smith (@FallonSmithCSN) August 16, 2015
Singer feeds Rooks in the post for the hook shot.
***VIDEO*** Sam Singer feeds Kameron Rooks & he finishes with an impressive hook shot @CalMensBBall pic.twitter.com/rzF3eriBAT— Fallon Smith (@FallonSmithCSN) August 16, 2015
Here’s Brown with the early flush.
***VIDEO*** Kingsley Okoroh with the block & Jaylen Brown finishes in transition w/ the hoop & the harm @CalMensBBall pic.twitter.com/1AJ82mruay— Fallon Smith (@FallonSmithCSN) August 16, 2015
Wallace gets the And-1 in traffic.
***VIDEO*** With the shot clock winding down Tyrone Wallace hits a fadeaway jumper & draws the foul @CalMensBBall pic.twitter.com/xuW9lHdJh2— Fallon Smith (@FallonSmithCSN) August 16, 2015
And Rabb gets his jump shot in traffic.
***VIDEO*** @YoungIvee finished with a double double 11pts & 10 rebounds here's one of his buckets @CalMensBBall pic.twitter.com/FsdL3DZ18n— Fallon Smith (@FallonSmithCSN) August 16, 2015
Additional video via Frankston Basketball Facebook (there are some video in there of Victoria making plays too; click here if you want to see the other side):
- Postgame interviews with Cuonzo Martin, Mathews, and Brown
- Cal basketball arrives
- Wallace feeds Mathews in transition
- Okoroh gets a bucket
- Singer gets blocked, but Domingo recovers with a floater
Cal is back in action late tomorrow night. Cal will return to Frankston Basketball Stadium to face the host Frankston Blues, a club team competing in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL). The Bears and Blues will tip off at 7 p.m. local time in Australia (2 a.m. PT on Aug. 18). Get an early dose of Pac-12 After Dark!