Basketball: Montgomery assesses Euro trip

Mike Montgomery’s initial reaction to the Golden Bears’ recently completed tour of Scandanavia?

“It was expensive,” he said. “Oslo’s really expensive. No. 1 in the world.”

Try $11 for a water at a sports bar. Or $40 for a hamburger.

Otherwise, Montgomery and his staff learned some things about their team, even while injuries prevented them from using every player and every combination.

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Basketball: Bears whip Danish to close trip

Cal beat the Danish national team for the second time in less than 24 hours, closing its five-game tour of northern Europe with a 95-78 victory at Copenhagen on Sunday. It was the biggest scoring output of the trip for the Bears, who finished with a 4-1 record.

Coach Mike Montgomery used a different starting lineup in this one, going with Robert Thurman, David Kravish, Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez and Justin Cobbs.

Thurman, the junior walk-on center who scored 21 points the day before, led the Bears with 17. Kravish contributed 14 points and seven rebounds, getting ample playing time as frontcourt starters Harper Kamp (knee) and Richard Solomon (scratched eye) sat out the game.

Crabbe scored 13 points, walk-on Jeff Powers had 10, Gutierrez scored nine, Cobbs matched eight points with eight assists, Brandon Smith scored seven points, Christian Behrens six, Emerson Murray five and Alex Rossi three.

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Basketball: Bears top Danish national team

Leading start to finish, Cal improved to 3-1 on its exhibition tour of northern Europe with an 81-73 victory over the Danish national team Saturday in Copenhagen.

Senior guard Jorge Gutierrez, who missed the first three games on the trip due to an ankle sprain, was in the starting lineup and scored 13 points. Junior walkon center Robert Thurman had another strong game with 21 points. Sophomore forward Richard Solomon sat out after apparently having his eye scratched, according to a twitter feed from assistant coach John Montgomery.

Freshmen forwards David Kravish and Christian Behrens each scored 10 points, as did sophomore guard Justin Cobbs, all three coming off the bench. Brandon Smith contributed nine points and Allen Crabbe scored six.

Senior forward Harper Kamp, who was nursing a sore knee when the team left the U.S., scored two points in limited playing time.

The Bears, coming off a loss to the Norwegian national team on Wednesday, led 21-11 at the quarter, 43-38 at the half and 59-52 after three periods.

Cal winds up its five-game tour on Sunday with a rematch vs. the Danish national squad.


Basketball: Norwegian national team tops Bears

Handcuffed by a zone defense that limited them to 1 for 14 shooting from the 3-point arc, the Bears lost 69-64 to the Norwegian national team Wednesday at Oslo, Norway. Cal is now 2-1 on its exhibition tour of northern Europe.

The Bears led 24-12 at the end of the first quarter, then were outscored 57-40 the rest of the game. The hosts led 37-36 by halftime and extended the margin to 56-49 entering the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Allen Crabbe, who averaged 21 points in Cal’s two wins in Sweden, was held to five shots and had seven points to go with six rebounds.

Sophomore Richard Solomon led the Bears with 15 points and six rebounds, sophomore Justin Cobbs scored 13 and senior Harper Kamp had 12 points in his most extensive action of the trip. Kamp played very little in the first two games because of a sore knee.

Junior Brandon Smith contributed nine points and junior Robert Thurman had six points and five rebounds.

Senior all-conference guard Jorge Gutierrez, apparently still hampered by an ankle sprain he suffered last week during a scrimmage in Berkeley, missed his third straight game on the trip.

The Bears have two days off before playing Saturday and Sunday against the Danish national team in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Basketball: Solna game video highlights

Here is a link to a Youtube video of highlights from Cal’s win over the Solna Vikings on Sunday in Stockholm, the Bears’ first game on their Scandanavian tour.

Cal’s game Wednesday vs. the Norwegian national team in Oslo, Norway is just getting under way. The Bears’ starting lineup, according to a John Montgomery tweet: Allen Crabbe, Justin Cobbs, Brandon Smith, Richard Solomon and Harper Kamp.

Sounds like Kamp’s achy knee is feeling better, but Jorge Gutierrez’s ankle sprain may not be ready.

Update: Cal leads 24-12 at the end of the first quarter.

Halftime: Cal trails 37-36, meaning the Bears were outscored 25-12 in the second quarter. John Monty reports via twitter that Norwegian zone defense is causing trouble. I’m guessing Arizona and Washington will play somewhat tougher defense.

End of 3rd Qtr: Norwegians lead 56-49.


Basketball: Bears survive turnovers to win

Updated with stats below

Cal overcame three turnovers in the final 2 minutes and escaped Stockholm, Sweden with a 76-74 win over Uppsala, a local professional team. The Bears are 2-0 so far on their exhibition tour of northern Europe.

Cal led 75-70 after a steal and dunk by Richard Solomon with 2:30 left and the outcome seemed settled. But three turnovers, including one by Justin Cobbs inside the final half-minute, gave the home team the chance to scrap back. Uppsala was down just 76-74 and shooting a free throw with 6.3 seconds left.

The foul shot was missed but Uppsala retained possession when Robert Thurman appeared to be pushed out of bounds after corraling the rebound. The Swedish squad missed a 3-point try with about 2 seconds left and Cal controlled the rebound.

Solomon led the Bears with 18 pointson 8-for-11 shooting. Allen Crabbe, who had 25 points in Sunday’s win, had 17 points, 13 rebounds and three steals, and Brandon Smith added 17 points. Thurman and seven points and six rebounds.

Cal shot 52 percent from the field, was 5 for 14 from 3-point range and 11 for 17 from the foul line. The Bears outrebounded Uppsala 44-35, but committed 25 turnovers.

The Bears played without senior starters Jorge Gutierrez (sprained ankle) and Harper Kamp (sore knee).

The Bears’ next game is Wednesday in Oslo, Norway against the Norwegian national team.


Basketball: Link to Cal live video feed

The start of Cal’s second European tour game — vs. Uppsala in Stockholm, Sweden — was delayed because the game officials were stuck in traffic.

If you’d like to watch the game, copy and paste this address into your brower to get a live stream of the action:  mms://streaming.streamteam.nu/cal

By the way, it appears Jorge Gutierrez will again sit out Monday’s game due to a sprained ankle. He was wearing a white t-shirt and doing very little during pregame warmups.


Basketball: Crabbe leads win in Stockholm

Rising sophomore Allen Crabbe scored 25 points and Cal won its opener on its five-game European tour with an 89-71 victory over the Solna Vikings in Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday.

Newcomer Justin Cobbs, a transfer guard from Minnesota, added 12 points and six assists and walkon center Robert Thurman had 14 points and eight rebounds.

The Bears’ starting lineup, according to a twitter feed from assistant coach John Montgomery, was Brandon Smith, Cobbs, Crabbe, Richard Solomon and Thurman. The tweets indicated Harper Kamp saw limited first-half action off the bench and Jorge Gutierrez, who sprained his ankle during a scrimmage on Wednesday, did not play.

Solomon contributed nine points and four rebounds, Smith had eight points and six assists, and freshman forward David Kravish provided six points and five rebounds. Redshirt freshman Alex Rossi, who missed all of last season with lower abdominal issues, saw action, as did freshman Christian Behrens.

Will provide more details if/when we get them.

Cal plays next on Monday against Uppsala in Stockholm.



Basketball: Bits and pieces

Cal’s players are convinced their five-game excursion to northern Europe will pay long-term dividends.

“I’m excited,” junior point guard Brandon Smith said Thursday. “This will really help us mature as a team and give us momentum.”

“We’re looking real solid,” added transfer guard Justin Cobbs, ready to make his game-day debut for the Bears. “I like how we’re playing together. It’s like we picked up where we left off last year. A lot of guys are ready, wanting to make big things happen. Jorge (Gutierrez) wants to go out with a bang, Harper (Kamp) wants to go out with a bang. We’re just going to try to do what we need to do to send those guys out on top.”

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