The numbers don’t do him justice (5 points, 6 rebounds and 1 block) but Jack Salt impressed everyone including coach Tony Bennett as Virginia beat Georgia Tech 62-49 to improve to 5-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play on Sunday.
“There were some great stat lines, but I don’t think there were any better than the way Jack impacted the game. Statistically, he had six rebounds and played 35 minutes. Ben Lammers (Georgia Tech centre) is a good player and he made him earn everything. He played with his hands free, he fought his position and showed his strength, and that was impressive. I love seeing that, and it was a huge key for us in the game because that guy can score and make some big plays,” said Bennett.
Salt logged a career high 35 minutes and admitted to some weariness post game, “I was pretty tired, I hadn’t played this much in a long time, but I was very happy to be out there. It was so good to be out there and guard a good player. I was excited for the challenge, because his offense means a lot of one-on-one defense.”
Nebraska suffered the agony of a single point defeat twice in four days to slip to 3-4 in Big Ten conference action.
Tai Webster had a game high 18 points, as the Huskers were edged 67-66 by Ohio State on Thursday. He followed that with a team high 14 points as the Huskers lost 65-64 to Rutgers at the weekend.
Isaac Fotu’s form seems to be mirroring that of his team Zaragoza. The Tall Blacks forward contributed just a single point and a pair of rebounds as Zaragoza went down 82-77 at home to Unicaja and they have now lost five of their last seven games in the Spanish League.
In the Australia NBL Brisbane Bullets bounced back from a 33 points mauling at Adelaide on Thursday to upset Melbourne United 88-71 on Saturday. Reuben Te Rangi is finding buckets hard to come by (just 2 points across the two outings) but is doing a fine job defensively as he spends some time in both the small forward and guard spots – he had 3 rebounds in each game.
The same can be said for Jarrod Kenny. The Perth Wildcats point guard didn’t trouble the scorers last week as Perth won at home against Cairns and lost at Vector Arena on Sunday against the Breakers.