The play of the night, indeed the most memorable moment of the pre-season, was Deng Adel slipping beneath the basket, twisting and turning, slamming the basketball through the net on a thundering reverse dunk.

Shades of Darrell Griffith, Adel’s theatrics igniting flashbacks of one of the most memorable seasons in University of Louisville basketball history.  Anything is possible during the pre-season.  Anything.

Ah, but just another exhibition game, UofL’s 72-57 win over Bellarmine before a crowd of 15,350 at the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday. Not much to really deduct from the result other than the obvious, the Cardinals were never really able to dominate the cross-town foe.

Adel was the dominant force in UofL’s offense, scoring 21 points, including two 3-pointers, and five free throws. V. J. King with 14 points, Anas Mahmoud 9, and Ray Spalding with 7.  The lack of stoppage, however, portending a heavy focus on defense before the opening game against George Mason.

Our favorite photographer, Cindy Rice Shelton, was there, submitting the following for your scrutiny (click on first photo for slideshow):

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.