UP Coach Thinks Ducks Show Maturity

Portland -- If you ask Portland Pilots Head Coach Erik Reveno about the Oregon Ducks, he has some very complimentary things to say about his in-state rival. The Ducks traveled to the Chiles Center on Saturday night and beat the Pilots 85-61.

"They just wore us down," said Reveno of the Ducks. "They are a very good basketball team, physically a little more mature than we are right now. They have some veterans that know how to play and play hard."

The 13th ranked Ducks are now 4-0 on the young season and had a struggle with Reveno's team in the first half of the contest keeping the score close at 31-29. In the second half though it was Oregon's deep bench and maturity that finally won out as the Ducks pulled away mid-way through the half to take control of the tempo and the game.

"We were flying around and hustling and I don't think they dominated us in the first half, but in the second half they kind of wore us down," Reveno commented. "I think the shooting percentage was reflected the consequence of having to work so hard (on defense).

In the first half the Pilots held a 23-13 rebounding advantage but the Ducks came back strong in the second half and ended the game with 37-33 lead in rebounds. Maarty Leunen led the rebounding effort for the Ducks with 10 boards and was equaled by UP's Luke Sikma with the same number of rebounds.

How good are the Ducks in Reveno's opinion?

"After having seen Coach Kent's teams over the years, really, I like this team a lot," observed Reveno. "Getting more guys involved, in my humble opinion is key for them,"

Reveno thinks the Ducks have a lot of exciting players and compared building a team to solving a puzzle – putting all the pieces in the right places. Even without senior Bryce Taylor, the Ducks were too much for the Pilots on Saturday.

"It's pieces of puzzle that you can win without a guy," Reveno said. "Those seniors, those veterans, Porter, they've got some pretty exciting pieces. They seem to play unselfishly and they understand the style. They're playing with a maturity that some of those guys didn't have as freshmen where the ball stuck in their hands too long and they couldn't make plays. Where as now they share the ball, they are relaxed and they have a good pace to it."

While the upperclassmen got a lot of attention, Reveno was also willing to share some love about Kamyron Brown and Frantz Dorsainvil.

"I thought they were good," admitted Reveno of the new Oregon faces. "Their post guys seemed to understand their role. The one kid missed some shots around the basket that he won't normally miss. I think they have a nice puzzle to put together.

"It takes time to break into the rotation of a Top-20 team. It's a good basketball team so you got guys on the bench that are good. When they get their opportunity they'll be good."

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