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Overton: ‘Better if I were still on the bench’

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on March 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm with 1 Comment »
March 20, 2011 12:41 pm

Venoy Overton spoke with the media at some length after the game about the closing sequence in which UW in-bound the ball trailing by three with five seconds left … and he hoisted a shot from near mid-court that didn’t come close.

His plan?

“I felt like he was going to try to foul before we got a shot off. I misjudged his reach. I thought he was going to really reach and I got in the air and I had to throw it up.”

His reaction when he realized his plan had failed?

“He didn’t foul me. It’s too late. Game over, that’s what I thought.”

And then his thoughts after the game, knowing his decision didn’t even give UW’s best 3-point shooters the chance, and thereby ended the college careers of seniors Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Justin Holiday, as well as his own.

“It’s very disappointing. As a guard you just know if they’re going to foul you just let them foul you and hopefully something else happens. I’m disappointed. We shot the ball really well and, really it would have been better if It would have been still on the bench, where I was most of the game and let somebody else make that decision. But it’s a decision that happened and the team is going to move on, they’re going to be great next year.”

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  1. dmoorephd says:

    “Better if I had been on the bench” Mr. Overton? This blog by Mr. Ruiz, and your quotes, ends with speculating on how this year’s ending of the NCAA Tournament will effect the future of your graduating and returning team mates. It is worth a further look at the post-season from what I think is a clearer view:

    I and many other UW alums, including those who wrote to President Rice, had tried to make Lorenzo Romar wake up to the divisive nature of having you on the team at all. The last minute of any close game relies on cohesion, teamwork and the intuitive trust of each player. In a word, it takes character.

    The only time the UW Huskies Basketball team has had that cohesion and impeccable character, since your predatory behavior of January 8th, was the incredibly exciting, down to the wire, victories in the Pac-Ten tournament. You were suspended during that run.

    Apparently, Coach Romar wanted you back in the NCAA tourney and on the court for the last minute of the Georgia game and the last minute of the North Carolina game. A choice that was, in a word, a return to the toxic experience of the last months of the regular season. Along w/ our area sportswriters, many of us are left to question how much damage the lowering of the character bar will cost the reputation of UW Varsity Sports in the future. I certainly hope you do not wear any Husky paraphenalia when you enter the courtroom to face charges, as a 22 year old adult, for giving two star-struck 16 year olds alcohol and then having booze-facilitated sex with them.

    Only you and the other members of your team know the difference in the feelings of the last minute of the fantastic WSU and Arizona tourney games [where you had to be on the bench]—compared to you joining them in the Georgia squeaker [blown 10 pt lead at the end] and NC loss.

    Both were a return to the disarray of the pre-PAC Ten tourney when you and Lorenzo Romar made the choice to stay on the team. The price for you to keep your letterman’s jacket, the one that led those teens to drink your booze and engage in behavior that will effect their lives forever, was one that only you and your 2010-11 Husky team mates will have to ponder. For many of us, it left our season memories wrapped in sadness.

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