By Jeff Faraudo
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 4:43 pm in Basketball.
Harper Kamp said the Bears are ready to put Sunday’s
60-57 70-57 loss at Colorado behind them and focus solely on their regular-season finale at Stanford.
But first . . .
“Everyone is really disappointed,” the senior forward said of Sunday’s loss that knocked the Bears out of a first-place tie. “I think I’m mostly disappointed in my own leadership in that game. I don’t feel like I led the team the way it needed to be. Whether it was saying enough or just leading by example, we played really too soft. We weren’t the team we normally are.
“It comes down to leadership when that kind of thing happens. It’s my fault . . . it’s me and Jorge (Gutierrez) as the seniors. We’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Specifically, Kamp said the Bears were subpar defensively.
“That’s the most important part. That’s not acceptable,” he said. “There’s going to be times when shots aren’t falling. You’re going to miss things, they’re going to make you take tough shots. But there’s no excuse for letting them blow by you in transition and letting them get by you the whole game and get layups.
“I was pretty excited about the game and I was expecting more from myself and my teammates. We didn’t play together like we should. And we didn’t play hard enough.”
Kamp said he didn’t talk with Gutierrez about his first scoreless game in more than two seasons.
“Neither one of us really cares about that,” Kamp said. “We were just disappointed we played the way we did and we lost the game in that fashion.”
Sophomore Allen Crabbe said the Bears had a great practice Tuesday and anticipated the Bears will prepare with renewed vigor this week.
“We need to have a good week of practice and work on the things we didn’t do so well at Colorado, which was our defense,” Crabbe said. “We didn’t have enough energy, we didn’t play together as a team, help each other on defense. Colorado was just ready for that game.”
The Bears may not know until Saturday, when first-place Washington visits UCLA, whether they still have a shot at stealing a piece of the Pac-12 title. Kamp said he believes Cal’s practice is scheduled during the 11 a.m. time slot of the UW-UCLA game.
“Maybe coach did that on purpose,” he said. “Not watching the game maybe will be best. Just focus on our game. That’ll probably be the key in preparing ourselves.”
“We’re better off having practice, (to) focus on what we need to do. If we come in second, we come in second,” Crabbe said. “We had an opportunity and we slipped up. We really can’t blame anybody else but ourselves for not going out Sunday and playing hard. They outplayed us. We got what we deserved.”