The evident to start with dilemma came with an evident response, well, an remedy that was a little bit self-serving but accurate.
It was your 1st double-double of your career, Christian (Koloko), how did you really feel?
“I played good,” he stated. “I understood I had to be completely ready. They arrived in undersized. We experienced to be all set.”
And he was. Arizona was. Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd warned his team of a likely street combat (more afterwards) but it eventually turned into a stroll in the park.
“He did a excellent job,” Azuolas Tubelis explained of Koloko. “You can see the development. He’s a greater participant. It is a joy to engage in with him.”
Arizona’s significant person was significant time: 18 details and 11 rebounds and 5 blocked photographs in Arizona’s run-and-fun gain over traveling to Rio Grande.
Enjoyment and run? How could it not be, preserve for the 18 relating to turnovers.
At minimum the 100-moreover points was refreshing given the stroll-it-up-the-court docket recreation of many years previous. It experienced been two seasons since Arizona had scored a lot more than 100 in a regulation recreation and in advance of that it hadn’t carried out that since the 2008-09 year when Russ Pennell was the interim mentor.
As for the blocks? “I just enable the sport occur to me. I try out to get as numerous as I can,” he explained.
It’s all about timing. And nicely enjoying versus more compact opponents, just as Arizona has the past pair of video games and additional especially Friday night’s opponent.
Arizona’s Lloyd stated Koloko has labored on his “physicality and he’s using rim safety really serious. Blocked shots are fantastic (because) they can lead to a quickly…