The preseason talk was
of the Rebels potentially having a dominant front line, and the squad’s 85-57
victory over UC Irvine on Nov. 28 gave a glimpse of what that might mean. Mike Moser and Anthony Bennett simply took control of the game. Both finished with 19 points, and Moser had nine rebounds while Bennett had six.
The first half was a close and physical battle. Former Sierra Vista High School star Damon Starring finished the game with 18 points for the Anteaters; the Rebels knew from film and scouting that he was an outstanding shooter. But while Starring got open for some wide-open 3s, the Rebel defense was generally solid, particularly the half-court defensive pressure.
In the second half, that defense sparked a disciplined and relentless offensive attack. The freshmen put up encouraging performances, as Katin Reinhart scored 13 points and Savon Goodman looked a lot more comfortable at both ends of the court. It seems to me that Bryce Jones is trying to see where he can pick his spots to score in the offense—I think in time he’ll figure it out. Anthony Marshall, meanwhile, had nine assists, three rebounds and six points. He is still learning to play point guard, but with his talent he just has to be patient and not rush the game—just let it flow.
The Rebels were also fueled by their sixth man, Justin Hawkins, who played his usual solid defense, scored eight points and pulled down three rebounds—including two on the offensive end.
After five games, the team seems to be coming together—maybe not as fast as we want, but we can’t
forget that they’re still young and only time will tell how good they are.