Reyshawn Watch: Day 1 in Houston

HOUSTON – It felt so right until it ended so wrong. Or at least it felt right enough. Never did it actually feel good. A 22-14 score at half? A 36-34 final? ‘T' was many things. But good? Not even close. As for Reyshawn?

Terry The Tar Heel-To-Be tallied nine points on 2-for-12 shooting in Reynolds' two-point loss to Seattle's Rainier Beach on the first day of action here at the Nike-sponsored Academy National Invitational.

He ended up like his team – a tad bit empty right from the get-go in this high-profile post-Christmas tourney.

"The holidays shouldn't affect you like that," Terry said from back in his hotel room about an hour after the game. "They shouldn't keep you from coming out and playing hard. We should've been ready."

Truth be told, Reynolds was more ready – or less un-ready – than Rainier Beach.

It was the Beach, after all, that scored 14 whole points in the first half, and it was the Vikings who were losing and losing and losing … until they were winning when the buzzer sounded and the refs told the kids that, sorry, their time was up.

Terry did some good things, though, particularly early on.

The 6-7 small forward was active in the first quarter. He rattled in a three from the left wing on his second attempt from the floor. He crashed the boards as well – and ended up with eight boards in total – flying in from the perimeter on both ends of the floor.

His shots didn't fall, but he was just unlucky more than anything else. That started to change in subsequent quarters. He started to float in and out of the game – tisk, tisk, tisk – and frustration led to some forced shots.

More than even that, it started to lead to excess ball-handling, and accidents happen when Terry starts flashing that high dribble of his.

"I thought the ball stuck in his hands too much," said Reynolds coach Howard West, choosing wisely his own personal euphemism. "Everyone knows he can play. Everyone knows he can score. But if we had gotten a regular game out of him today …"

Terry definitely wasn't the only culprit.

To wit: As a team, the Demons shot 20.6 percent from the floor and 12.5 percent from three, and they managed to account for four assists against 21 turnovers.

Not so good. Not at all. And that kind of statistical output contributed to the rather ugly loss to the (supposed) No. 1 team in the country.

Any Carolina hoop head worth his or her salt will note, of course, that the Beach boys include Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart – yes, The Twins, the pair from the Pacific Northwest whose curious Carolina connection continues.

Here's hoping, however, that this here eyesore of a basketball bout marks the (not at all) exciting conclusion to this strange chapter in the informal history of UNC's unique Web-based fandom.

Anyway …

With their fumble-bumble Friday – how fitting, given the night's events at Madison Square Garden – ‘Shawn and the kids from Winston earned themselves an 11:00 date Saturday morning with Memphis mighty mite Andre Allen and Booker T. Washington.

"We didn't care if they were No. 1," Terry said one final time before washing his hands of this outing. "That didn't matter. We just wanted to get a win."

Consider Saturday another day and another chance.

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