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Liveblog: Kentucky-San Lorenzo de Almagro basketball

Kentucky freshman Ashton Hagans grabbed a rebound during the first half of Wednesday night’s exhibition game against the Bahamas Select Team at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Kentucky freshman Ashton Hagans grabbed a rebound during the first half of Wednesday night’s exhibition game against the Bahamas Select Team at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas. UK Athletics

After making its Bahamas basketball beginning a success with a Wednesday night win, Kentucky returns to the court on Thursday to face San Lorenzo de Almagro from Argentina. The SEC Network has the 7 p.m. telecast.

Nick Richards led the way with 19 points as John Calipari’s team opened its four-game exhibition series with an 85-61 win over the Bahamas Select Team on Wednesday night.

We’ll have updates and commentary from the SEC Network telecast throughout Thursday night’s contest.

Final - Kentucky 91, San Lorenzo 68

Tyler Herro scored 22 points for Kentucky.

UK now 2-0 halfway through this exhibition series.

Look for my three takeaways from the game, to be posted shortly to the blog.

2H - 2:58 - Kentucky 82, San Lorenzo 62

Brad Calipari checked in with 6:19 left. He grabbed a rebound at the 5:33 mark.

Tyler Herro buried another three-pointer at 3:43 mark. “Go Big Blue” chants commenced after that. UK is six-of-nine from three-point range in the second half, according to play-by-play man Tom Hart.

2H - 6:35 - Kentucky 75, San Lorenzo 57

One thing we’ve noticed in these first two games is that Reid Travis is not particularly explosive around the rim. He needs to get in good position and make an aggressive move to get the ball to the rim.

Nick Richards thew down a monster jam at 7:17 mark to put the Cats up 73-57.

San Lorenzo has been very sloppy with the ball, even when the lights came back on.

2H - 7:58 - Kentucky 70, San Lorenzo 55

Now that the power is back on: Another nice inside move by Nick Richards. He’s coming off that 19-point game on Wednesday night. PJ Washington made a nice drive for the basket while being fouled. Kentucky appears to be sharing the ball well.

They’re back

The game reappeard on the SEC Network with just under 13 minutes remaining.

No more TV

The SEC Network has confirmed that because of technical difficulties it will not televise the second half.

Halftime - Kentucky 45, San Lorenzo 27

After the lights went out and the fire alarm went off, they apparently just went on to halftime.

1H - 2:53 - Kentucky 45, San Lorenzo 27

Tyler Herro is up to 15 points. He’s made a pair of three-pointers. Kentucky has buried four treys in the first half. Overall, the ball movement has been pretty good, especially for the second game of the (exhibition) season.

1H - 7:29 - Kentucky 37, San Lorenzo 24

After making just two three-pointers on Wednesday night, the Cats have already made three in this game. Quade Green, Tyler Herro and now Keldon Johnson have all hit from beyond the arc. UK has stretched the lead to 13 points over what was supposed to be a more competitive opponent than the one the night before.

1H - 11:24 - Kentucky 23, San Lorenzo 16

We saw much more of what Reid Travis is supposed to be in that segment. The graduate transfer from Stanford had 14 rebounds on Wednesday, but did not appear comfortable in his first (exhibition) game as a Cat. In this game, Travis made a strong post move for a hook shot basket at the 14:33 mark that was much more impressive than anything he did on Wednesday. He then scored as a trailer on the fast break, taking a nice pass from PJ Washington. He scored another basket at the 12:17 mark.

If you missed it, E.J.

1H - 15:54 - Kentucky 14, San Lorenzo 10

Quade Green got off to a hot start, hitting a three-pointer, then making a jumper from the left wing. Green was zero-for-six from three-point range on Wednesday night as the Cats went two-for-20 from beyond the arc. Keldon Johnson also scored five quick points as the Cats jumped to a 12-4 lead. Remember, Kentucky got off to a hot start on Wednesday, opening up an early 13-0 lead on the Bahamas Select team.

[Wednesday night box score]

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