BERKELEY -- The Cal basketball team may have concluded its Blue and Gold Scrimmage 10 minutes before midnight, but there was certainly a lot of madness at Haas Pavilion, with two three-pointers sending the game into triple overtime, thunderous dunks from freshmen Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown, the debut of the new scoreboard and lighting at the Bears' gymnasium and solid defense on the part of Kingsley Okoroh and Kameron Rooks.
The big takeaways? For one, senior point guard Tyrone Wallace, who shot 60.6% from the free-throw line last season, went a staggering 8-for-8 from the charity stripe on Friday night.
Despite the new 30-second shot clock, Cal only committed two shot clock violations. That's a plus. The minus? Okoroh had seven fouls. That said, it was beyond apparent that both Okoroh and Rooks have made big strides, particularly Rooks. After missing last season with an ACL tear, the redshirt sophomore big man was far more athletic than we've seen him at any time, and far more sure of himself down low. Rooks's hands, which were a weak point in his true freshman campaign, were a strength, and he asserted himself in the low post, and played under control.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1605629-cuonzo-martin-talk... Wing Jordan Mathews is perhaps the most improved member of the team, and showed off the abilities that we've seen in practice sessions all summer and fall -- he's added an inside game to his repertoire, including the ability to drive and create his own shot off the dribble in the lane, which forces defenders to respect his outside shot, though he did only go (unofficially) 1-for-4 from three-point range.
Jabari Bird hit the big three-pointer with just seconds left in the second overtime, but his blue squad fell, 51-48, to the gold squad, which included Rabb and Brown. Guard Sam Singer was particularly effective at facilitating the offense, though he only took one shot.
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There were visitors aplenty for the Bears on Friday, including Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon forward Ira Lee, who rated the event a nine out of 10. Lee drove up from Southern California with his father as soon as school let out, and is staying with his uncle, Johh, who graduated from Cal in 1984. Lee plans to attend morning practice, and watch the Cal-USC football game, which kicks off at noon on Saturday. Also in attendance were new commit Alec Hickman, three-star target Jemarl Baker, official visitor Charlie Moore and 2016 commit Oscar Frayer