Georgetown men’s Head Basketball Coach John Thompson III said he wanted his young team to learn things about themselves on their trip to China and to find out who they were as a team. In Tuesday’s final game of an 11-day trip to China, Thompson said he thought the Hoyas worked hard and found a way to win, opening up a big lead and then pulling away late in an 83-64 win over the Chinese Taipei National Team at Jing’An Gymnasium in Shanghai.

“I wanted our guys to fight through situations,” Thompson said. “As a coach, when you encounter whatever situations, a lot of times it’s ‘Let’s run this, let’s do this, let’s try that,’ but at the end of the day, forget x’s and o’s, this team is going to succeed depending upon how tough we are, this team is going to succeed depending on how much they trust and rely on each other, this team is going to succeed depending on when things get rough, how we respond.”

The players responded well as junior forward Hollis Thompson recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way, while senior guard Jason Clark added 14 points, freshman guard Jabril Trawick scored 14 points, had three rebounds and three steals and senior center Henry Sims added 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Coach Thompson said the game got close at one point; the Hoyas had led by just four points late in the third quarter. But it was good to see how his team responded and the plays that were made at that point.

“There was a key stretch there where Hollis Thompson gets two, three or four offensive rebounds, which were in the scheme of things, big rebounds,” Coach Thompson said. “There was a stretch there where Greg Whittington and Otto Porter combined got a deflection, caused a turnover, made good defensive plays, which helped us pull away. Those are the plays that are going to determine our success this year. It has nothing to do with x’s and o’s, it was those guys making the effort, the hustle, making the tough plays, so I was glad when the game got tight, without Coach thinking about, let’s roll up our sleeves and out-work them and we did that.”

 

Mex Carey

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