Kilpatrick deals 'Cat hoopsters 72-44 loss
By Jesse Phelps
Villanova's varsity basketball continues
to ride the wide shoulders of Djadji Daffe.
Last year's leading rebounder for the CIF Southern Section is
up to more of the same, and his scoring touch helped Villanova
to a one and one record last week against some tough competition.
Villanova (5-7) opened the week against Kilpatrick and was handed
a big loss 72-44. Daffe came to play, netting 18 points and 12
rebounds in the loss. Ryan Kirby contributed nine and five boards
and hit a trey. Nate Langelier led the team with three assists
in the loss.
Villanova would seem to be regressing, as a year ago Daffe scored
29 points on Jan. 25, in a tight three-point loss. In that game,
Villanova had a chance to win, pulling ahead in the last minutes
of the fourth quarter only to let it slip away.
This year's Wildcats found a way to rebound in their ensuing
matchup vs. Channel Islands, winning by an impressive 15-point
margin, 60-45. Channel Islands lost by seven to Kilpatrick in
the consolation final of the Nordhoff Tournament a month ago,
so the win could be seen as representative of a large leap for
the Wildcat team.
Daffe notched another double-double, leading the team with 19
points and 16 rebounds. Kirby hit for 14 points and added six
boards and Clark Tevis came up big with 11 and 3 assists.
Villanova coach Matt Dunn was happy with the play of Daffe and
Kirby, and said he expects more of the same from his leaders
as the season progresses.
The Wildcats, now 5-7, played last night at Santa Clara at 7
As of press time, results were unavailable. Their next match
is Saturday at home against Bishop Diego, also at 7 p.m.
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