Ducks Fall Just Short In The Championship Round

Oregon's E.J. Singler gets tangled up with Cincinnati's Cashmere Wright while grabbing a loose ball in the second half (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

After an impressive victory over the Runnin’ Rebels on friday night, the Ducks suffered a 77-66 loss against the No.22 Cincinnati Bearcats in the championship round of the Global Sports Classic. This loss also marks their first of the season.

The Bearcats’ starting guards, Cashmere Wright, Ja’Quon Parker, and Sean Kilpatrick, directed the course of the game with a combined score of 44 points. The trio also combined for 7 steals and 13 rebounds. Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis had a difficult time creating momentum, especially with the superb defense by the combo guards of the Bearcats. Our combo was only able to generate a combined score of 14 points and 4 assists, well below the average they held for the first five games.

Oregon’s E.J. Singler gets tangled up with Cincinnati’s Cashmere Wright while grabbing a loose ball in the second half (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Oregon was able to generate points inside but couldn’t overcome the timely points scored by the guards of Cincinnati. Carlos Emery led Oregon with 15 points and nine rebounds, once again making a statement for a starting spot. E.J. Singler also added 11 points while Arsalan Kazemi dominated the boards with 15 rebounds.

The Ducks fall to 5-1 but come away as the runner-up in the tournament. Despite the loss, the Ducks were able to show us a tremendous improvement from last year throughout the first six games. The Ducks will get back on their home court on Thursday against Texas-San Antonio. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. PT.


Game Notes:

Arsalan Kazemi started his first game for the Ducks and had a successful showing in the paint. The power forward led the team with 13 rebounds and nine points, along with his three steals.

The Bearcats had four players score in double figures. Sean Kilpatrick and JaQuon Parker had 16 points apiece, and Titus Rubles scored 13.


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Ethan Rivas

Ethan Rivas

Ethan Rivas, raised in Korea-Town, Los Angeles is a Sophomore at the University of Oregon. He is majoring in Journalism with an emphasis on public relations and minoring in Economics. He hopes to obtain a career working for the Pac-12 conference. Ethan is the weekly FishDuck Basketball Writer and encourages any feedback from fans and new readers. Follow him on Twitter @DuckRivas .

  • MOMBA6

    It was disappointing to see the Ducks lose but, I am still very excited for what the rest of the season has to offer. We have gotten so much better! Altman is the man!