The Oregon Ducks beat a powerful inside game with precision passing, speed, athleticism and consistency last night. Trouble was, the big win came on a basketball court in South Korea. Dana Altman’s roundball Ducks defeated Georgetown 82-75 in their season opener, held on an Army base in Korea. The Ducks prevailed despite the relentless offense of 6-10, 350-lb. Hoya center Joshua Smith, who led all scorers with 25 points.
This Quack Attack executed their offense brilliantly. Altman’s crew got a high-flying dunk from forward Richard Amardi on a beautiful pick-and-roll in the closing minutes. Joseph Young paced the team with 24 points, a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line, while guard Jason Calliste chipped in 16, 11-11 from the charity stripe.
Little big man: Oregon point guard Jonathan Lloyd quarterbacked the Ducks to a win over a traditional power in a big game Friday night (Kelly L. Cox, USA Today photo).
With the win at the Armed Forces Classic at Camp Humphreys Army Base in Pyengtaek, south of Seoul, South Korea, the basketball squad begins their season 1-0 after making the NCAA tournament last year.
Good to know the Ducks can indeed win against physical teams with good defenses and big front lines. No word if Coach Altman is sending the game tape to Mark Helfrich.