A lot of pride in the orange and blue colors has taken over in the city of Charlottesville. Coming off of an exciting win against Miami on the football field and the first look at Virginia men’s basketball team, Wahoos sports fans are thrilled with the past few weekends.
Wahoo fans got a sneak peek of the Virginia Basketball 2018-2019 squad last weekend at the annual Pepsi Blue-White scrimmage at John Paul Jones Arena. With homecoming and the annual Young Alumni Reunion festivities, a large crowd came out to see the highly anticipated event.
Results from the Blue-White Scrimmage
Head coach Tony Bennett divided the scrimmage into two different periods. Doing so allowed him to mix up the teams and display the talent he has cultivated during the offseason. The first period teams were as follows:
The White team consisted of mostly veterans while the newcomers comprised the bulk of the Blue team.
The White team dominated the first 15-minute game. Jerome, who was recently noted on Bob Cousy’s Award watch list for the nation’s top point guard, led the White team to the first mini-game victory (26-20) with 11 points.
For the next period, Bennett slightly switched up the lineups by switching Diakite and Anthony. The Blue team came in hot for this second mini-game. Alabama transfer Key and Huff lit up the court with back-to-back three pointers to open the second period. A close mini-game, the White team ultimately won 18-15 with a walk-off three from Diakite.
Wahoo fans have a lot to look forward to after catching the first look of the 2018-2019 men’s basketball team last weekend. A few players stole the show and caught the eyes of focused fans. In addition to his walk-off three pointer, Diakite racked up a total of 14 points.
However, youngster Huff led the Blue team with nine points in the second mini-game and finished the day with a scrimmage-best of 15 points. In addition, Newcomer Key put on a show burying multiple threes from the corner. As of Monday morning, the NCAA granted a waiver for Key to play this upcoming season.
On the Horizon
As October wraps up, Virginia fans continue to count down the days until the doors of John Paul Jones open with the home opener against Towson on November 6.