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Daniels leads White to scrimmage victory, 90-87

The White Team defeated the Red Team Friday night in Cardinal Arena, 90-87 behind strong performances from newcomers Nate Daniels, Nouha Diakite, and Brandon Jenkins. <p> <b>EXTRA</b>: <b><a href="">Scrimmage Observations and Evaluations</a></b><img src="">

The Red Team, consisting of Francisco Garcia, Taquan Dean, Kendall Dartez, Larry O'Bannon and Luke Whitehead will be too tired tonight to trick or treat after falling to the White Team, 90-87 in Cardinal Arena.

"It was a great treat offensively," Pitino said afterwards. "But a huge trick defensively."

The Red starters, who played virtually the entire game, tired in the second half and faltered down the stretch against the deeper White squad.

"They did a good job attacking Red's pressure," Pitino said of the White Team's performance down the stretch. "The Red Team didn't have any subs so they were a little tired. But they did a very good job when Red was trying to press them of looking middle, throwing opposite and getting easy buckets."

The White Team was led by 6'7 junior college transfer Nate Daniels, who finished with 21 points and 6 boards. Daniels, who's never met a shot he didn't like, attempted 19 overall and made 5-13 from downtown.

"He does," Pitino admitted of Nate's propencity to hoist shots. "But he's open on all of them. When you're a great shooter like Francisco, Taquan and Nate, that's the strength of this team."

Outrebounded 22-14 in the first half, the White's pounded the glass in the second half, particulary on the offensive end and ultimately proved to be the difference in the game. The White's finished the contest outrebounding the Red's 35-34.

The White's got strong play during the second half from Otis George, Nouha Diakite and Ellis Myles. George had six second half boards, slamming a couple home, while Diakite and Myles both went hard to the glass grabbing six post intermission boards.

The Red's got strong play from Garcia, Luke Whitehead, Larry O'Bannon and Taquan Dean.

The 6'5 Whitehead, who started at the four slot, attacked the boards. He grabbed 15 rebounds while scoring 21 points on 8-15 shooting from the field. Garcia had 24 points and 6 assists but committed six turnovers and pulled down just one rebound. And O'Bannon turned in a second straight strong performance, tossing in 19 points to go with 7 rebounds, looking more aggressive and displaying a solid mid range game.

"Larry's playing good basketball," Pitino said.

Playing the point for the Red, Dean faired better tonight than in the first scrimmage. He finished with 13 points on 4-7 three point shooting and dished out 7 assists to only 4 turnovers. Last week, Dean commited 6 turnovers to three assists.

Once again, the offense appeared ahead of the defense in the team's second scrimmage. The Red's shot a blistering 43.8% from the three point stripe and made 16-32 shots overall. And despite Daniel's 7-19 shooting, the White Team made 45.5% from beyond the arch while connecting on 18-34 shots overall from the floor.

"We shot a very high percentage tonight," Pitino said. "I love the passing and the unselfishness, the extra passes. We're just really far behind on defense."

For the White, Otis George had 16 points and Diakite finished with 15. Jenkins had 9 points and 4 assists and Prileu Davis nailed 4-7 threes and finished with 12 points. Ellis Myles finished with 4 points and 6 rebounds.


6'6 Lorenzo Wade arrived shortly after the scrimmage began and is making an official visit to U of L this weekend. Wade committed to the Cardinals last summer.

6'5 freshman Perrin Johnson played only 5 minutes and appeared to be bothered by a hamstring injury.

Walk-on Brad Gianiny played well again. He ended the contest with six points, draining 2-3 from downtown and made 2 assists and one steal in 18 solid minutes of action.

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