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Liveblog: Kentucky-Mega Bemax basketball

PJ Washington dunked during the University of Kentucky’s 91-68 win over San Lorenzo de Almagro, a team from Argentina, in the Bahamas earlier this month.
PJ Washington dunked during the University of Kentucky’s 91-68 win over San Lorenzo de Almagro, a team from Argentina, in the Bahamas earlier this month. Uk Athletics

The hope is the electric will hold, there will be lights and television for a full 40 minutes and the Kentucky basketball team will play the third of its fourth exhibition game of the Big Blue Bahamas series on Saturday.

If so, we’ll be blogging off the SEC Network telecast, with a 7 p.m. tipoff, as Kentucky takes on Mega Bemax in a hotel ballroom on Paradise Island.

The Cats improved to 2-0 with a 91-68 drubbing of San Lorenzo de Alamargo on Thursday, though a power surge that messed with the lighting system kept the SEC Network from televising a sizable chunk of the second half. Let’s hope that was the exception not the rule.

Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader is in the Bahamas covering the action. You can follow him on Twitter at @jerrytipton. My Twitter handle is @johnclayiv.

Jerry Tipton reports that neither Jemarl Baker (knee) nor E.J. Montgomery (back) will play Saturday or Sunday.

Check back for updates.

Final: Kentucky 100, Mega Bemax 64

PJ Washington led the way with 20 points. Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro each scored 16 points as Kentucky improved to 3-0 in this exhibition series. The Cats finish up the Big Blue Bahamas trip with a final game Sunday, 4 p.m. on the SEC Network.

Check the blog for three takeaways to be posted shortly.

2H - 3:29 - Kentucky 97, Mega Bemax 58

On the SEC Network, John Calipari made some interesting comments about the team playing for each other and how he may start working on defense a little earlier than normal, but not right away. The season is too long, said the coach, and players don’t like to play defense. Let them have some fun first. When asked what this team needs to get to a national championship level, Cal dismissed that with a “We’ve got so far to go.” It is only August, after all.

2H - 7:30 - Kentucky 84, Mega Bemax 53

Good segment for Nick Richards, who now has 12 points. The sophomore center is eight-of-10 from the foul line. Also, PJ Washington drained a three-pointer from the left corner. UK has made five triples on the night.

2H - 11:42 - Kentucky 71, Mega Bemax 48

This has been the best of the three games for PJ Washington. The sophomore forward leads the Cats with 16 points. He’s six-of-10 from the foul line because he’s getting to the foul line. In a rough, physical game Washington has been aggressive around the rim and running the floor.

2H - 16:14 - Kentucky 63, Mega Bemax 38

Cats have scored on each of their first seven possessions of the second half. Nick Richards hit two free throws. PJ Washington scored on a drive. Keldon Johnson scored on a drive. Then Johnson hit a three-pointer. Then Emmanuel Quickley hit a three. Washington threw down a monster jam. And then Johnson jammed home a lob pass from Quade Green.

For one UK fan, the fantasy camp experience was brief and painful.

The UK/NBA Combine will be Oct. 7 on the SEC Network.

Halftime - Kentucky 47, Mega Bemax 29

Quade Green and PJ Washington lead the Cats with nine points each. Keldon Johnson and Reid Travis each have eight. Emmanuel Quickley has five points. Nick Richards and Tyler Herro each have four points

The Cats made two three-pointers in the first half. Quickley and Green each hit threes.

UK is 15-of-21 at the foul line.

1H - 3:03 - Kentucky 43, Mega Bemax 22

Terrific first half for the Cats on both ends of the floor. Highlight reel: Nick Richards block on defensive end leads to a quick fast break jam by Keldon Johnson at the other end. Green leads UK with 9 points. PJ Washington has seven. He’s five-of-eight at the foul line.

1H - 7:30 - Kentucky 36, Mega Bemax 12

Early blowout in the Bahamas. Big first half for the little guy, Quade Green, who has scored nine points and fed Keldon Johnson with a perfect lob pass on a fast break for throwdown. Remember, Green messed up a lob pass in Wednesday’s UK win. He learned from his mistake and has looked really good in the first half. So has his teammates.

1H - 11:55 - Kentucky 26, Mega Bemax 8

Kentucky on a 19-1 run top take a 7-7 tie to a 26-8 lead.

Three-point play for Reid Travis. The grad transfer from Stanford is active around the rim.

Another steal by Ashton Hagans.

Does John Calipari know he’s on a split-screen shot watching the action?

I think Mega Bemax was overhyped. And speaking of hype, here’s my column for Sunday.

1H - 15:57 - Kentucky 15, Mega Bemax 7

Quade Green leads the way with five points. Cats have made a pair of three-pointers, back-to-back ones from Emmanuel Quickley and Green.

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