Bond rebounds with big effort
Jaylen Bond has played recently with sore ankles, which explained soaking both feet in a bucket of ice after Sunday's 90-77 win over visiting George Washington in a second round NIT game.
The 6-foot-8 Temple junior was more than willing to put up with a chilling ritual, especially if it would help produce future results such as the one against George Washington.
He finished with eight points, 15 rebounds, three assists, just one turnover and a steal.
Most of all, his ankles, he said, had more than held up.
"I definitely felt better coming into today and I am getting treatment and making sure they stay good," he said.
Bond suffered a sprained right ankle March 13 late in the first half of Temple's 80-75 win over Memphis in an American Athletic Conference quarterfinal at Hartford.
The next day in a 69-55 semifinal loss to SMU, he was far from 100 percent and also hindered by foul trouble.
Then in Wednesday's opening 73-67 NIT win over Bucknell, Bond tweaked his left ankle, thus forcing him to soak both of them.
Against George Washington, Bond definitely appeared to have more spring.
"I felt I had more power in my leg and could push off my ankles so I was able to push off and get easy rebounds," he said.
Actually, there wasn't much easy about those rebounds, especially with players such as 6-foot-10, 260-pound Kevin Larsen to continued with. (Larsen had a team-high seven rebounds).
"He is so terrific rebounding the ball and so quick to the ball," coach Fran Dunphy said of Bond. "He has great hands as well and it is nice to see him get that number of boards."
Bond said what really helped was the fact that Temple had been idle since Wednesday's opening NIT win over Bucknell.
"To give my ankles a couple of days rest was good for me," said Bond, who is also among the Owls top defensive players. "I feel like I am getting back to where I need to be to play at 100 percent."