Kentucky got another test Sunday as it concluded its exhibition series in the Bahamas.
UK lost 63-62 as Jack Martinez hit a fadeaway in the lane with 3.4 seconds left.
After scoring, he turned toward UK Coach John Calipari and brought a hand to his throat.
UK did not score in the final 4:30. UK finished with a 5-1 record here.
UK leads 59-48 with less than seven minutes. To fall behind UK here is deadly. Or as Dominican coach Orlando Antigua said, like “swimming upstream.”
UK hustle made swimming difficult. Ulis, Towns, Ulis again and Booker all dove for loose balls in an eight-minute stretch.
UK rallied to a 36-29 halftime lead.
WithLess than eight minutes left in the first half, the Cats trailed 24-17. That marked UK’s second-largest deficit of the exhibition series. The Cats trailed The French pro team 20-12 in the first half Saturday.
Tyler Ulis capped UK’s rally by finding Dominique Hawkins for a floater along the baseline, then made one himself inthe lane at the buzzer to set the halftime score.
UK has been a lock when ahead inthe second half here. In the first five exhibitions, the Cats trailed for only 63 seconds: by one point against the French pro team on Saturday.
UK was tied at 15-15 mid-way through the first half.
UK looked fresh despite playing a sixth game in eight days.
The Dominicans’ James Feldeine, who took a nasty fall against UK on Friday, started.
Kentucky finishes its nine-day trip to the Bahamas with a rematch against the Dominican Republic National Team Sunday.
UK beat the Dominicans 83-71 Friday. Alex Poythress led the way with 20 points.
If The two games here against a pro team from France are a reliable gauge, the Cats will face an improved and inspired opponent inthe finale of the trip. UK beat the French pro 81-58 on Monday, then needed clutch defense from freshman Tyler Ulis inside the final 90 seconds to win Saturday’s rematch 77-72.
UK brings a 5-0 record into Sunday’s game.
The Cats plan to fly home after the game. The team is due back in Lexington around 9:30 p.m.