Puerto Rico dumps Louisville again

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Well, that was ugly. The University of Louisville dropped another doubleheader on Wednesday night, losing 79-77 with a 'B' team to the Puerto Rico Junior team and then getting waxed 96-62 by the Puerto Rican National team. The Cardinals will have five more games over the course of the next four days on the trip.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino warned his team.

A trip to Puerto Rico wasn't going to be easy, the Cardinals having to play nine games in six days against a "bunch of older guys, a lot of professionals," on the trip. And he wasn't joking.

"We heard him say it," Mangok Mathiang said. "But we weren't ready for a war."

So far, the Cardinals are 0-for-4 with the latest loss a blowout. The Puerto Rico Junior team beat the Cardinals 79-77 and then the PR National Team - coached by Pitino - decked the Cardinals 96-62 in the nightcap.

"They learned a valuable lesson tonight," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "They're going to learn a lot from this. They were too worried about the officiating and not about playing basketball.

"They were concerned with the wrong things tonight. The Puerto Rico bench was getting under their skins and they just didn't respond the right way. But it's the summer."

The Cardinals hit just 22 of 72 from the field, including 4 of 17 three-pointers in the second game.

The Cardinals trailed by nine after one quarter, 12 at halftime and then it just kept getting worse and worse as the Puerto Rico team finished with 12 three-point field goals.

"Our offense just wasn't clicking and we let it get into our heads," U of L sophomore Quentin Snider said. "Tonight was embarrassing. We just have to come out with more fight."

Sophomore Jaylen Johnson led the Cardinals with 11 points and three rebounds, while Snider chipped in 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. Damion Lee, who had 36 on Tuesday night, was held to nine on 2 of 11 shooting.

In the first game, freshman Ray Spalding had 19 points, eight rebounds, five blocked shots and four steals. Donovan Mitchell added 16 points and five rebounds but made a turnover on an attempted drive to tie the game in the final seconds.

U of L and Puerto Rico will play another doubleheader on Thursday night.


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