By Paul Sykes
Peyton Siva is only six feet.Â Shhh….don’t tell him. He plays like a seven footer when the opportunity arises. A soaring second half swat of a Bellarmine drive to the basket got the crowd roaring.
Then, moments later Siva slams in a reverse dunk following a Jerry Smith missed layup. The only thing comparable to the two big plays? His ear-to-ear grin on the bench during the final minutes of the game. They grow ’em pretty good in Seattle, don’t they?
- A sign of things to come? Rick Pitino started both Terrance Jennings and Samardo Samuels. Although the combination didn’t last long, theÂ two-big men, three-guard lineup. Knowles, Sosa and Smith didn’t disappoint in the opening minutes.
- Peyton loves Samardo. Several great passes to the big guy for easy hoops. May not be as easy once Big East play begins but good to see the chemistry.
- Siva will drive, thanks for asking. He made a couple of great penetrating drives from the top of the circle for easy layups.
- Preston Knowles will punish you when left open for the three. He’s probably better known for his defensive intensity but looked smooth on several long-range bombs.
- Steve Van Treese saw his first action and the big guy didn’t disappoint. Still learning the ropes and the sets but he goes to the boards with authority. Walk on Chris Brickley also hit the court for a few dribbles.
- Scott Davenport may have missed his best chance to ever defeat Rick Pitino in Louisville’s 88-65 exhibition win.