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Insta-recap: Cal MBB Wins 81-73 (Exhibition Game)

Shall we begin?

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The season begins.

Although this game was an exhibition, the Bears played with the intensity and confidence of a mid-season team. Cuonzo Martin has this team raring to go. This is going to be a fun season, but enough of the hype talk, let’s delve into this game.

1st Half:

There is only one player that needs to be talked about and that is Stephen Domingo. The coaches and players have been raving about him all off-season and it was easy to see why. Mingo started the game a blazing 4-4 from the field and 2-2 from 3 totaling 10 points. The game high scorer at the half was Kam Rooks with 11 points on 4-5 shooting and 4 rebounds. The Bears as a team shot 58% from 3 and 46% from the field. The offense looked fluid, with faster ball movement and quicker decisions. Despite all this, the Bears still were abysmal from the FT Line shooting a meager 39% (9-23).

Here are your halftime stats:

2nd Half:

The Bears kept their foot on the gas pedal throughout the second half. Kam Rooks paced the Bears and played significant minutes without committing a single foul. He ended the game with 16 points on 6-9 shooting and 8 rebounds. Grant Mullins did exactly everything that was asked of him. He shot when he was open. He passed to the open man. He set up the pick and roll with the bigs. He rebounded and led the fast break. Mullins ended the day with 16 points on 6-11 shooting, 3-6 from 3, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Coach Martin seemed to have his rotation set with 10 guys excluding Ivan. The quality of play of each of those players allows Cuonzo to rotate and keep fresh legs in the game, depth certainly will not be an issue in the season.

Full Game Stats:

What are your thoughts on the exhibition game? What do we need to work on? What do you like from the team? Let us know in the comments below.

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