…Someone’s getting their ass kicked.
Lucky for us, it was the Huskies doing the ass-kicking and the Stanford Tree taking the abuse.
Up by 40 with just minutes left to play in an all-but-decided contest, Coach Lorenzo Romar elected to play his sophomore walk-on, Sherrer, letting everyone know in the process that the Huskies are, in fact, an equal opportunity employer.
Sherrer — whose full name is Brendan Potter Scheffler Sherrer — did not record any stats of note, but did commit a personal foul, further punishing the Cardinal with his mere presence.
As for the rest of the game, it was basically over by halftime.
The Dawgs, losers of their last three contests, played like a team who actually gave a damn and it showed in the box score. The final result was a 94-61, 33-point thrashing that wasn’t nearly as close as it appeared on paper, if that’s even possible.
The Dawgs were led by Quincy Pondexter’s 27-point, 10-rebound performance. Isaiah Thomas (15), Scott Suggs (12), and Abdul Gaddy (10) also recorded double-figures scoring for Washington. Venoy Overton contributed with nine points and eight assists (a double-single, for you smart asses out there).
More importantly than the numbers, however, was the display of competitive fire from a ballclub that seemingly had none over the past two weeks.
Hustling like their lives depended on it, crashing the boards, playing intense man-to-man defense, and moving the ball efficiently on offense, the Huskies outplayed Stanford in every aspect of the game on Thursday night.
Perhaps the only concern of the entire contest was, and continues to be, the Huskies’ front court. The trio of Tyreese Breshers, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, and Darnell Gant put up a combined line that more closely resembles a one-man show: 11 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, 0 assists, 3 steals (all by Bryan-Amaning), and 10 personal fouls.
Sadly, a sole individual could have put up those same numbers, minus the fact that said individual would have fouled out twice.
The Dawgs, however, were bailed out by a frontcourt performance from swingman Justin Holiday, who filled up the stat sheet with six points, seven rebounds, three steals, one assist, one block, and just two personal fouls. Not bad.
If the Dawgs have intentions of beating the visting California Golden Bears on Saturday, they’ll need more effort from their struggling big men.
Perhaps it’s time to give Potter Scheffler Sherrer an expanded role. Hmm.
(Mostly kidding about that. But kind of not. But maybe…)