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  • 22 March 2019
    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentuckys mistake-filled start quickly gave way to the energetic effort the sixth-ranked Wildcats acknowledged was missing against UCLA. And their intensity soon put things out of reach for Valparaiso.Bam Adebayo scored 16 points, Malik Monk added 15 and scored 21 straight points in a first-half run to beat the Crusaders 87-63 on Wednesday night.Needing to rebound after Saturdays upset by then-No. 11 UCLA, Kentucky (8-1) turned a 4-all tie and seven turnovers in the first 4 minutes into a 29-9 lead behind that big run over 8:51, holding the Crusaders scoreless for 7 minutes during that stretch. The Wildcats eventually built a 34-point lead midway through the second half on the way to a feel-good performance that included 19 turnovers and nine blocks, the kind of effort theyre used to.I was kind of surprised (by the UCLA loss) because thats not us, said senior guard Dominique Hawkins, who had six points, four assists and three rebounds. We usually come in and put pressure on the ball and make the ball handler feel uncomfortable. ... When they did get in the lane, it was usually a blocked shot or you had to throw a half-floater over one of our bigs.Valparaiso (7-2) shot just 28 percent in the first half and finished 23 of 67 from the field (34 percent). It was the Crusaders second-lowest field goal percentage this season.Those struggles made it easy for Kentucky to outscore the Crusaders 46-32 in the paint and 18-2 on the fast break.Our game plan coming in was making sure we took good shots so they couldnt fly up the court, first-year coach Matt Lottich said. I thought in the first half we took a lot of quick shots, they sped us up a lot and really got out and got in good in transition.Derek Willis added 12 points and Isaiah Briscoe had 10 for Kentucky, which shot 46 percent after making just 41 percent against UCLA.High-scoring Valparaiso forward Alec Peters scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half for the Crusaders, who had their four-game winning streak snapped eight days after upsetting No. 21 Rhode Island. The nations second-leading scorer coming in (25.4 points per game) went to the locker room briefly in the second half with what Lottich believed was a leg cramp but returned to finish off his ninth 20-point effort in as many games.BIG PICTUREValparaiso: The Crusaders havent shot above 50 percent this season and for a while appeared headed to a season low from the field. They went scoreless for more than 2 minutes several times and couldnt slow Kentucky even with its reserves in the game, being outscored 34-15 in that area. Losing Tevonn Walker (eight points) to early foul trouble also hurt.Kentucky: Coach John Calipari sought defensive improvement after allowing 53 percent shooting by UCLA and got it for the most part after a sloppy start. Power forward Wenyen Gabriel started and had two of his career-best three blocks by halftime and had six rebounds. The Wildcats controlled the boards 48-41.POLL IMPLICATIONSKentucky has another game on Sunday against Hofstra, but its Top 10 status appears safe after bouncing back from the UCLA loss.CONTAINMENTGabriel, Willis and later Briscoe guarded the 6-foot-9 Peters, a combination that forced him to miss his first six shots and seven of 10 in the first half. The Associated Press honorable mention All-America regrouped to make nine of his final 14 attempts, which didnt surprise Calipari.We were just trapping and going at him and making him think, so he couldnt get into a rhythm, he said. You saw the one he shot on Isaiah Briscoe, he turned and just shot. If he gets in rhythm, hes making baskets. Hes that good.UP NEXTValparaiso: Visits Missouri State on Saturday night.Kentucky: Travels to Brooklyn, New York, for an inaugural meeting against Hofstra on Sunday.---More AP College Basketball: New Balance Outlet Uk . On June 12, just as the sun sets on the magnificent historical city of Sao Paulo the inventors, innovators and purveyors of “joga bonitowill” open their campaign. The opponent, Croatia and all its football might and will. As opposites do attract we are set for a corker of an opener. New Balance Clearance Sale Uk .ca. Kerry, Just watched the shootout in the Coyotes/Leafs game and I have to ask, why was the James van Riemsdyk goal allowed to count? All of the video replays we were shown on TV were inconclusive about whether the puck had entirely crossed the line or not. . After Martin Skrtel put the Reds in front from close range at Stamford Bridge after only four minutes, Hazard hit back in the 17th with a superb strike. 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David Klemmer has set his sights on Paul Gallens vacant lock spot for NSW in 2017, after starring for Canterbury in the position, with the giant Canterbury prop looking to Jim Dymock for inspiration.Klemmer has produced some of his best football in the NRL since being moved off the bench and into the 13 jumper by Bulldogs coach Des Hasler earlier this year.Gallen retires from State of Origin after game three on Wednesday after a long career with the Blues largely spent at lock.After starting all his Blues games so far from the bench, Klemmer is keen to move into the starting line-up for NSW in the same way he has at NRL level.I have Des there and I am working with Jim Dymock he is really helping me with my game, he was a pretty good lock back in the day, a pretty good utility player, Klemmer said.I am just trying to improve my game week in week out and he has been really good for me.Hopefully I can keep doing that and put my best foot forward for next year.An assistannt coach with the Bulldogs, Dymock was rated one of the best lock forwards of the 1990s.dddddddddddd He played six Tests for Australian and six Origins for NSW and claimed the Clive Churchill Medal in the Bulldogs 1995 grand final victory.Meanwhile Andrew Fifita has backed retiring skipper Paul Gallens call that Wade Graham is in the captaincy frame for the Blues next year, despite the Sharks back-rower only readying to make his debut in game three after he was suspended for game two.Wade was always Origin bound, he is so versatile, he has all the skills, he just need the chance, Fifita said.It wasnt meant to be for the second game but he has his chance now and he wont be letting that go.With Gal going Wade is the type of player who can run this team.He has a massive opportunity ahead of him, he could play one game and be skipper next year. 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