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Goal Out Of Vasquez's Hands

For a long, long time now, junior guard Greivis Vasquez has proclaimed his desire to compile a triple-double during a game in his collegiate career. His fascination with the achievement is beyond fervent.

He's come close several times in the past, but never as close as he came last night against Miami. With 11 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to his credit, Vasquez dribbled the ball up the court with less than 30 seconds remaining. With 15.3 seconds left, he tossed a pass to sophomore guard Adrian Bowie, who missed a reverse lay-up attempt, but was fouled in the process. Had the shot fallen, Vasquez would have earned his long-sought goal.

"Yeah, I messed up his triple-double," Bowie said with a grin. "Because I told him about it, and then I didn't think it was going to be me that was going to mess it up. Yeah, I mentioned it to him before. I was like, 'You got 10, 10 and nine. You need one more assist.' And then … man. So I messed it up."

Before Bowie shot his free throws (he made both, by the way) Vasquez walked over and gave his former Montrose Christian teammate some good-natured ribbing.

"Yeah, you know, 'cause I needed my triple-double," Vasquez said, also with a smile. "I've been working so hard, and it was the right time for me to get that and to get myself going for the rest of the ACC games, but I forgive him. We went to Montrose together, so he's my man."

Bowie finished with nine points, six rebounds and three steals, so it's not as though he wasn't pulling his weight. Despite his disappointment, Vasquez appeared to view the win as more than enough consolation.

"We executed pretty well on offense, and our defense was outstanding," he said. "It was a win that we needed, and I'm just proud."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 1, 2009; 12:26 PM ET
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So Vasquez is MD's best player, might lead them in points, assists, and rebounds, blah blah blah. I've said before on these blogs that Vasquez needs to be more of a team player. I think the other night against Miami he was very unselfish. However, the fact that he is so consumed with getting a triple-double should speak volumes about his Me-First attitude.

And I still can't understand why Hayes isn't running the point. Can someone explain why this is so?

Posted by: CYork1 | February 2, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I hope he gets a triple double too. 10+ assists is kinda the definition of unselfish.

Posted by: terpin | February 2, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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