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Telfair, Farley provide fans 'glimpse of future'

A capacity crowd filled Louisville Gardens Saturday evening to get a glimpse of U of L's bright future as Louisville signees Sebastian Telfair and Terrance Farley squared off. And neither disappointed.<P> <B>COMPLETE COVERAGE:</b><br><li><a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/222068.html"><b>ITV Video: Telfair's post-game comments</b></a> <img src="http://media.theinsiders.com/media/site_logo/premium.gif">

It wasn't his best performance. It wasn't even the best performance I've seen.

But Sebastian Telfair provided plenty of oohs and ahhs for the standing room only crowd at Louisville Gardens Saturday evening and without question showed U of L fans exactly what all the hype is about.

"I feel I played OK," Telfair said. "I got my team into the game but I didn't shoot as well as I've been shooting the last couple of games."

Even though he didn't shoot the ball particularly well from the floor, Telfair finished with 27 points on 5-12 shooting, and 3-10 beyond the arch. He also made 8-11 free throws and was the game's leading scorer.

Still hampered by an ankle injury sustained last month, Telfair displayed amazing quickness, and unbelievable court vision. And that's what those close to him say is his best quality, his vision of the court and ability to deliver to his teammates.

One person in the audience, former University of Louisville great Darrell Griffith, had nothing but praise for Louisville's next superstar guard.

"He's probably one of the truest point guards coming in that we've ever had," Griffith said. "He's got great talent and sees the floor real well. He'll come right in and have a major impact."

With a capacity crowd, mostly decked out in U of L red and white, Telfair said he felt the love from the Louisville fans in attendance.

"Definitely," Telfair said. "The crowd was definitely here and they showed the love. And I appreciate that."

"I was excited to see the crowd and the people when I walked in," Telfair continued. "And it gave me a feel for what it's going to be like next year when I get to Louisville."

But Telfair wasn't the only standout on the floor tonight during Lincoln's 77-68 win over the Panthers.


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6'10 U of L signee Terrance Farley performed well and showed Cardinal fans why Inside The Ville has been so high on his potential since before the start of his junior season.

Now a 218-pound senior, Farley posted a triple double against Telfair and the Railsplitters, though there was some slight disagreement over his final numbers. Try 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots on 4-5 shooting from the field and a subpar 5-10 from the free throw line.

"I came into this game and my eyes were wide open," Farley said. "The atmosphere was really big out there. All I did was go hard."

It's the second time Farley has recorded double figure blocked shots in a game this season that we've attended. If you'll remember, he also had ten against Centralia (IL) at the Marshall County Hoop Fest last month.

But it's clear what Farley is at this point. He's an excellent shot blocker with tremendous anticipation and timing who hunts shots to block. He didn't get many touches on the block and three of his four field goals came off of offensive rebounds.

6'7 junior Antonio Pena came out of the locker room after half time possessed and PRP had no answer for the Railsplitters post man.

Pena hit for five quick field goals in the third quarter to give Lincoln some breathing room, knocking down a couple of turnaround jumpers, including one over Farley and also scored on a dunk off an inbounds pass from Telfair.

Pena finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds by our count on 9-12 field goals and 3-3 free throws.

"This was probably the second best crowd we've played in front of so far except for at UCLA," Pena said. "But it was real exciting playing here tonight."

But the guy we thought made the biggest showing was Pleasure Ridge's junior point guard JuJuan Spillman.

Spillman stuggled last night against Western but had made a name for himself early last month with an outstanding performance in Benton. Tonight, basktball fans in Louisville know what Spillman is all about.

By our count, he finished with 17 points and made 2-5 three pointers, including 12 points in the first half. He might have been the fastest guy in the game with the ball in his hands and that includes Telfair. He had some assists, and steals on the defensive end and played a solid all around game.

"Last night I tried to get my teammates more involved," Spillman explained. "Tonight I was just on my game, maybe it was the crowd."

Of Telfair, Spillman had nothing but compliments.

"Oh, man," Spillman said. "He's a great player and a tough match up."

Spillman just about sums it up. What more can you say about Sebastian Telfair? He, along with Farley gave Louisville fans an exciting glimpse of what's in store next season!

Notes

  • Despite being an adidas sponsored school, and signing shirts with a three stripes logo, Telfair sported a pair of Nike's.
  • Besides Griffith, former U of L guard LaBradford Smith and current U of L footballer Michael Bush attended.
  • Terrance Farley has some nice bragging rights. He tossed one of Telfair's shots during the first half. He also blocked one of Pena's shots, top.
  • Lincoln practiced twice in Cardinal Arena, toured Minardi Hall and ate at Tailgaters several times while in town. They'll depart tomorrow at noon.
  • Danny Turner, an assistant for Lincoln and Telfair's brother, said he and Sebastian are thoroughly impressed with Louisville and the fans.
  • Tiny Morton drew a technical foul and by rule was forced to finish the game coaching from a seated position on the bench.
  • Originally, the PA announcer told the crowd Telfair would sign autographs for all those who attended. However, game promoters realized that wouldn't work, and late in the game the announcement was made that only those who purchased $15 Telfair t-shirts could get autographs. Needless to say, all shirts were sold. But Telfair, always looking out for his fans, looked to Morton when the announcement was made with a disaproving look and asked his coach, "What's that all about?"
  • Turner and the rest of the Lincoln coaching showed lots class following the game. While Telfair was signing autographs, they sought out and insisted that Farley sit beside Telfair and sign autographs, too.

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