Monday, November 26, 2012

Duke Bests Louisville in the Battle 4 Atlantis 76-71

Congratulations on Duke for coming away with the win against the #2 or #3 ranked team in the nation depending on your source. The Devils downed a hot Louisville team 76-71 to become champions of the The Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. Duke did it with exactly the formula they have used so far this season. Staunch defense, offensive efficiency and most of all poise. It’s a much overlooked trait that doesn’t necessarily show up in the box score. Duke was able to stay in front of the streaky Cardinals until the second half when Louisville took the lead on a 3 point shot, but it was short lived. Duke was able to whether the storm, trading basket with Louisville. It came down to stops, Duke as able to string together more and Louisville in the end. it also came down to Dukes ability to beat the full court pressure put on by Louisville that resulted in easy buckets with excellent passes by the bigs up court.

Quinn Cook was named the tournament MVP and deservedly so with his excellent handling of the offense and much improved defense. He was able to match up with Petyon Siva who as most know is a proven commodity at Louisville and one of the top guards in the nation. Cook had six assists and four turnovers against Louisville’s pressure defense. And scored 15 points on 4 of 8 shooting. His free throws at the end of the game sealed the victory for the Devils.

Mason Plumlee was once again huge for Duke scoring 16 points and missing a double-double by 3 rebounds, pulling down 7. Ryan Kelly Added 14 points, 4 assists and 2 blocks before fouling out. His offense was crucial down the stretch for Duke. Kelly is showing a much more aggressive offensive game this year and seems to be less hesitant to play to his size and post up smaller players.

Official Basketball Box Score
Duke vs Louisville
11/24/12 9:30 p.m. at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

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VISITORS: Duke 6-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 Mason Plumlee....... f  6-10   0-0    4-5    3  4  7   2  16  0  3  1  1  36
34 Ryan Kelly.......... f  4-9    0-1    6-8    1  5  6   5  14  4  1  2  1  31
02 Quinn Cook.......... g  4-8    1-2    6-6    0  4  4   4  15  6  4  1  1  34
14 Rasheed Sulaimon.... g  6-13   1-6    1-2    2  2  4   2  14  0  3  1  3  34
30 Seth Curry.......... g  3-11   2-9    6-6    0  3  3   1  14  0  2  0  0  34
03 Tyler Thornton......    1-2    1-1    0-0    0  3  3   3   3  3  1  0  2  17
12 Alex Murphy.........    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  0  0  1  0   2
15 Josh Hairston.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   2   0  0  0  0  0   7
21 Amile Jefferson.....    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   5
   TEAM................                         1  1  2
   Totals..............   24-55   5-20  23-27   8 25 33  20  76 13 14  6  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-33 45.5%   2nd Half:  9-22 40.9%   Game: 43.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-13 23.1%   2nd Half:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 25.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-3  100 %   2nd Half: 20-24 83.3%   Game: 85.2%    3

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HOME TEAM: Louisville 5-1
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
02 Russ Smith..........    7-19   1-4    2-5    1  6  7   3  17  1  4  0  0  30
03 Peyton Siva.........    8-15   1-2    2-3    0  2  2   2  19  4  6  0  6  34
05 Kevin Ware..........    1-3    0-0    2-2    0  2  2   1   4  0  3  0  0  16
11 Luke Hancock........    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   3   0  0  0  0  0  19
20 Wayne Blackshear....    1-2    0-1    0-0    1  3  4   3   2  0  1  0  0  21
21 Chane Behanan.......    2-11   0-1    3-4    2  3  5   1   7  1  1  0  0  20
24 Montrezl Harrell....    5-7    0-0    0-0    2  3  5   2  10  0  0  0  0  20
25 Zach Price..........    2-3    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   2   4  0  0  1  0  19
44 Stephan Van Treese..    4-5    0-0    0-0    5  3  8   0   8  0  0  0  0  21
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   30-66   2-8    9-14  14 24 38  17  71  6 15  1  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-28 39.3%   2nd Half: 19-38 50.0%   Game: 45.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-2   0.0%   2nd Half:  2-6  33.3%   Game: 25.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-6  100 %   2nd Half:  3-8  37.5%   Game: 64.3%    2

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Officials: Jamie Luckie, Doug Sirmons, Mike Roberts
Technical fouls: Duke-None. Louisville-None.
Attendance: 3511
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Duke..........................   36   40  -   76
Louisville....................   28   43  -   71
Battle 4 Atlantis - Game 12 (Championship Game)
Imperial Arena at Atlantis

Points in the paint-DU 26,LOU 46. Points off turnovers-DU 16,LOU 14.
2nd chance points-DU 12,LOU 18. Fast break points-DU 17,LOU 6.
Bench points-DU 3,LOU 71. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-7 times.
Last FG-DU 2nd-00:29, LOU 2nd-00:08.
Largest lead-DU by 11 2nd-14:18, LOU by 2 1st-19:38.

Brian Horace

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