Up until this game, the 'Canes had been without Durand Scott for the start of a turbulent season - on the court. The senior guard's return meant a lot for the 'Canes (3-1) who put away a very game Detroit (2-2) squad.
Juwan Howard and Barry Larkin were at the BUC to watch their children compete, but it was the return of Durand Scott (not the son of Byron Scott, BTW) that had 'Canes fans buzzing. When he's not on the court it's easy to forget how Durand Scott (15pts, 5reb, 3ast, 2stl) can help control a game. Scott doesn't do it with high-flying dunks: he's a strong, heady guard that fits between almost impossible cracks and works his way to the rim. When Scott wasn't scoring or crashing the boards, he barked out defensive play sets and the 'Canes as a unit played their best defensive game of the year - against a good offensive team.
Shane Larkin (15pts, 3reb, 3ast, 2stl), Kenny Kadji (14pts, 11reb, 3ast), and Trey McKinney-Jones (13pts, 4reb, 2ast, 1stl) also joined in the balanced attack. Larkin's confidence in his ability to beat his man off the dribble continues to soar. Kadji played his best game of the season and his athleticism was on display as he converted a couple of difficult lob passes and went way above the rim for a team-high 11 rebounds. Trey McKinney-Jones is a do-it-all G/F that continues to improve each and every time he steps onto the court.
His stats weren't gaudy, but Reggie Johnson (7pts, 9reb, 2ast, 1stl, 3blk) also played his best game of the year.
As usual, someone on the opposing team goes berserk against the 'Canes. Detroit's Nick Minnerath (22pts, 4reb, 1ast, 1blk) had a ridiculous first half from beyond the arc and single-handedly kept the Titans in the game. In the second frame, however, the 'Canes shut Minnerath down and built on their slim halftime lead.
Player of the Game: It was a balanced attack on both ends of the floor for the 'Canes. Still. Durand Scott. 'Nuff said..
The Good: Great team defense and out rebounding Detroit 40-25
The Bad: Having to go back to Detroit - win or lose. The embed code was removed so you'll have to do the unthinkable and click the mouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZzgAjjuqZM
The Ugly: That was just a joke. The Motor City rocks although the weather is probably pretty shitty right about now.
Next Game: The 'Canes host Michigan State on Wednesday night Nov 28 @ 7:30pm. This will be by far the toughest game for the 'Canes so far this young season. The BUC should be packed for the game. Let's go 'Canes fans - SHOW THE F*&K UP.
|J. Howard Jr.||29||1-6||0-3||3-3||0||2||1||1||1||0||1||5|
|Percentages||.356||.344||.643||Team Rebounds: 2|
|T. McKinney Jones||26||4-6||3-5||2-2||0||4||2||1||1||0||3||13|
|Percentages||.519||.267||.895||Team Rebounds: 1|
- Technical Fouls: None
- Arena: BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, FL
- Attendance: 2,946: If there were 2,946 people there then reality no longer has any meaning.
- Officials: Mike Eades, Ray Natili, Earl Walto