In another late night/early morning game, Butler was again able to come away victorious, this time against the Sydney Kings. While this one was a bit more competitive and came down to the wire, Butler was able to pull away in the end and improve its record on the tour to 2-0.
Unlike last game where Kellen Dunham carried the way in the scoring department with a few others simply dragging behind, this game provided a much more balanced effort in the points column. Senior Erik Fromm led the way with 18 points on the night including two made field-goals from beyond the arc. Marshall and Woods, who both played excellent on the night, were close behind with 14 and 11 respectively. Aldridge then added 11 and Dunham still capable of dropping 10 points in despite his 0-11 performance from beyond the arc.
In total, Butler shot 42% from the field but struggled from the 3-point line. Shooting just 6-27, it was an off night for the Bulldogs from long distance, but its always nice to see a team still able to come away with a win on a night when it struggles to find its 3-point shot.
It is important to note, though, that the announcer this morning said the 3-point line is extended by one foot from the NCAA line in the United States.
Dominating the glass
As a team, Butler out rebounded the Sydney Kings 46-29, and that led to 20 second chance points for the Bulldogs. Not only that, but Butler was able to do whatever it wanted in the paint and scored 46 points in there.
This effort was led by two post players who will have a huge part in determining how successful this season is going to be: Khyle Marshall and Kameron Woods. Woods was able to come away with 15 rebounds and a double double as Marshall added seven and double-digit scoring as well.
The lack of depth in the front-court is no secret, but if Marshall and Woods can continue to play over 30 minutes and as efficient as they did last night, this team can take on a much different image than initial thoughts and continue to win the battle on the glass.
- The freshmen class continue to play pretty well overseas. Nolan Berry added another good performance in 14 minutes, even though his stat line only shows two rebounds and two assists. It seems pretty clear that he will be getting a big spot in the rotation in relieving Marshall and Woods in front-court.
- Jackson Aldridge and Devontae Morgan are working into bigger roles in Australia. Only time will tell who will be earning the back-up and starting point guard spots. Barlow started this game, but it seems like the three of them plus Castro will be fighting for those two spots.
- Erik Fromm led the way in scoring and looked much more aggressive on the offensive end. It seemed clear in this game that he was looking for his shot, which is somewhat of a change from the past. His ability to shoot and hold his own in the front-court will also pay dividends moving forward.
- Next, Butler will play Saturday morning at 2 AM local time against the Australia National Team that consists of former St. Mary’s guard Matthew Dellavedova and Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs. No word yet on if that will be streamed through radio, video, live stats, etc.