Budinger and Bayless shine in Red/Blue

Without a Midnight Madness or any open practices, the annual Red/Blue game was the first time the public got to see the 2007-08 version of the Wildcats in a structured setting.

Although the outcome was not as important as the performances, the Blue team downed the Red 76-63.

In the end, it was the B&B show, that is, Bayless and Budinger. Budinger led all scorers with 29 points, but that was not enough for the Red. Without a true point guard for the first half, the Red found themselves down 46-41, trailing double figures for much of the half.

Budinger's shot was on. He was 9-14 from the field, including 4-6 from the behind the arc. He showed off a great ability to get his jumper off and got to the line 10 times.

Bayless wasn't necessarily happy with his shooting, but between his outside shooting and his dunking ability, his first appearance as a Wildcat before the McKale faithful was a good one.

The freshman guard scored 26 points for the Blue and dished out five assists. He played alongside Nic Wise in the first half and then the two went against each other in the second half as Wise went over the Red Team.

Wise scored 13 first half points, but took just one shot in the second half.

While both players fared well, it was actually another young guard who led the game in assists. Laval Lucas-Perry had eight assists, which made up for 1-5 shooting beyond the arc.

The most pleasant surprise was Mohamed Tangara. The big man scored the first six points for the Blue team and finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. He was a decent 4-6 from the field and thanks to his aggressive play, was 5-7 from the stripe.

The Kevin O'Neill factor was in effect. The Cats played hard defense, despite both squads shooting over 50% in the first half. The defense was more effective in the second half as both teams failed to get over the 40% mark.

Daniel Dillon and Jamelle Horne were the only other Wildcats to score in double figures.

Bret Brielmaier led all rebounders with 13.

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