Monday, May 17, 2010

West Coast Spring Invitational Exhibition, Day 2: Boo Williams 52, Cal Sparks Gold 37

Boo kept a small lead throughout most of the game. Then with six minutes left to go, the Cal Sparks surged and tied it up at 35. Boo responded with a 13-0 run and kept the pressure on to close out the win. No diss on anyone, but no one from either team stood out particularly except Ariya Crook-Williams, the Sparks' point guard. She was hustling and made a bunch of amazing passes. Most of her teammates couldn't finish for her, though.

Boo had barely beat EBX Black, 43-36 Saturday afternoon, and they did lose to DFW Saturday night. So I wasn't that impressed, to be honest. But maybe they just didn't have their best tournament. You wonder what would have happened if they hadn't forfeited their semifinal rematch with DFW yesterday.



Cal Sparks Gold's DeAjanae Scurry (light uniform #4) drives to the basket in the first half.



Reshanda "Too Tall" Gray and Scurry hold the defensive line.



Boo drives to the hoop in the second half.



Hoopgurlz' Glenn Nelson, in background with camera, seems to like Too Tall, as he was taking pictures of her at two games this weekend.



Boo came on strong in the second half to close out the win.



Those 8 a.m. games are tiring.....as the last minute winds down, Sparks point guard Ariya Crook-Williams talks with assistant coach Matt Thaley (seated).

ESPN's Chris Hansen is as impressed with Moriah Jefferson of DFW as IM in OC and I were.



While Boo and the Sparks were finishing up, West Coast Premier came in because they were playing the next game. Alexyz Vaioletama was wearing a Stanford sweatshirt. I wonder if that means anything.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think there were moments of brilliance, even if the whole was a little underwhelming.

I liked watching the Too Tall, Liz Williams match up. Thought they both did some great things...they are two bigs I think we will be hearing a lot about in the coming years...Cierra Burdick and the girl who is committed to Duke who was draining threes (her name is escaping me) were very impressive as well. Karie Korver is really coming into her own and I also thought Ariya played well!

I think substitution patterns is what led to the game ultimately feeling underwhelming. I don't think you can sub 5 at a time (or fairly close to 5 at a time) when you're playing arguably the best team in the country. There were a few times when they went up 2 or tied it up and then a whole new group went in and went down by double digits.

Hoopalonious, aka Sue said...

Someone left this comment, but took it off for whatever reason. I'm going to post it, though, because it's a good comment, and I think she/he is right on the money in the second paragraph. Here is the comment:

I think there were moments of brilliance, even if the whole was a little underwhelming.

I liked watching the Too Tall, Liz Williams match up. Thought they both did some great things...they are two bigs I think we will be hearing a lot about in the coming years...Cierra Burdick and the girl who is committed to Duke who was draining threes (her name is escaping me) were very impressive as well. Karie Korver is really coming into her own and I also thought Ariya played well!

I think substitution patterns is what led to the game ultimately feeling underwhelming. I don't think you can sub 5 at a time (or fairly close to 5 at a time) when you're playing arguably the best team in the country. There were a few times when they went up 2 or tied it up and then a whole new group went in and went down by double digits.