Tag Archives: Wyking Jones

Holiday Heart-Stopper: Austin’s game-winner carries Bears past Cal Poly, 67-66

December 16, 2018

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By Morris Phillips When you win, everybody feels great. But when it requires a last-second, game-winner to avoid a distasteful measure of embarrassment, almost nobody feels great immediately, and some don’t feel settled for as many as 48 hours. Paris Austin’s free-throw line jump shot with three seconds remaining delivered the first feeling without erasing […]

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USF shoots past Cal, 79-60, beats Bears for the first time since 1997

December 6, 2018

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Photo of USF’s Frankie Ferrari courtesy of Eric Taylor/1st String Sports By Morris Phillips BERKELEY — Losses of this magnitude don’t disappear from the consciousness easily. Normal losses linger, and this one was far from normal. After the Dons’ 79-60 win at Haas Pavilion, the Cal Bears find themselves at the crossroads. At 2-6, they’ve […]

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Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Freshmen Kelly and Bradley get the ball more often in helping Cal beat Santa Clara last Monday

November 30, 2018

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photo from sfgate.com: Santa Clara forward Hendrik Jardersten (3) dunks the ball against Cal during the second half of Monday night’s game at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley¬† On the Cal Bears basketball podcast with Miguel: #1 A big welcome to Cal (2-3) freshmen Matt Bradley and Andre Kelly. Can they get better with Bradley and […]

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Plenty Of Room To Grow: Cal Bears look inexperienced in 76-59 loss to Yale in China

November 10, 2018

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By Morris Phillips Truthfully, the 2018-19 Cal Bears basketball team is less experienced than the previous version that featured seven newcomers and landed in the Pac-12 basement a year ago. You didn’t need a close-up observation to conclude that. Nor did most get one. The Bears opened their season with a ragged loss to Yale, […]

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Pac-12 champ Arizona gets all they can handle from the Bears in the regular season finale

March 4, 2018

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By Morris Phillips The California Golden Bears found themselves at college basketball’s epicenter for the regular season finale, and they played their role as unwanted guests to the hilt for 35 minutes. Doubling down on arguably their best half of basketball all season, the Bears kept the pressure on Arizona in the second half in […]

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Sun Devils too slick, too polished in rout of Cal in Tempe

March 2, 2018

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By Morris Phillips What qualifies as offensive execution in Tempe doesn’t closely resemble what offensive execution looks like in Berkeley. Not even close. The Sun Devils routed Cal, 84-53 while entertaining their home crowd with slick passing and emphatic dunks throughout. ASU took what could have been a very tense evening for the NCAA tournament […]

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Washington outclasses Cal late in the Bears’ home season-finale at Haas Pavilion

February 25, 2018

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By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–Cal’s last line of defense featuring former walk-on Cole Welle and seldom-used reserve Roman Davis received a near immediate assessment of their abilities courtesy of Washington’s Naz Carter on Saturday in the heat of a close game between the visiting Huskies and the Bears. Hint: Carter did not issue a ringing […]

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Whew!: Mistake-prone Stanford escapes with a narrow, four-point win at Haas Pavilion against Cal

February 18, 2018

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By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–The effort and competitiveness were present for Cal on Sunday afternoon. ¬†But without the made shots and the attention to detail defensively, a landmark sweep of rival Stanford will have to wait for another season. Stanford kept Cal scoreless for more than two minutes after the game was tied for the […]

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Bears listless in fumbling away Pac-12 contest at Utah

February 11, 2018

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By Morris Phillips If Saturday night’s California-Utah ballgame were contested on a gridiron, not on the hardwood, Cal would have been saddled with poor field position throughout and rarely crossed midfield. As it was, the Bears’ offensive possessions often ended quickly with a thud while Utah’s explored the rich tapestry of sharing the basketball, more […]

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Don’t whine, it’s over at nine: Cal squeezes past Oregon State to end losing streak

February 4, 2018

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By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–Stay together. Continue to fight. Even for first-year Cal coach Wyking Jones, repeating those rallying cry phrases carried little significance without putting one in the win column. Finally, after more than a month, Jones’ Bears have that win. Kingsley Okoroh registered his first career double-double and the Bears used a big, […]

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