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Dalton Knecht, Santiago Vescovi Battle in NBA Summer League Action

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Former Vols Dalton Knecht (left) and Santiago Vescovi (right). Photo via NBA Summer League ESPN+ broadcast.

Dalton Knecht and Santiago Vescovi battled head-to-head during NBA Summer League action on Sunday night.

The two former Tennessee teammates went one-on-one several times during practices on Rocky Top but were on opposing sides for the California Classic game between the Lakers and the Warriors.

Vescovi’s Warriors dominated Knecht’s Lakers by a score of 92-68 in San Francisco’s Chase Center.

Knecht and Vescovi made their summer league debuts on Saturday night with the Lakers taking on the Kings and the Warriors playing the Heat. Knecht scored 12 but struggled with 3-of-12 shooting in the Lakers’ loss while Vescovi went scoreless with 0-of-2 shooting in 19 minutes in a win over Miami.

Knecht’s shooting struggles continued on Sunday night but Vescovi broke through with some big baskets including his first at the NBA summer league level.

Knecht ended the game with 12 points on 3-of-13 shooting while Vescovi ended the game with six points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor.

Knecht started the game for the Lakers while Vescovi began the game on the Warriors’ bench. After about five minutes in the first quarter, though, Vescovi checked in to put both Tennessee players on the court at the same time. The two began playing defense on different players but ended up matching up with one another late in the first.

Vescovi stuffed a Knecht drive from the top of the key and forced an outlet pass to the perimeter.

Vescovi then went on a run of his own for San Francisco. The former Tennessee guard scored his first summer league points on a sweeping off-balanced one-handed shot at the free-throw line, drawing the foul in the process.

Knecht recorded his first field goal of the game just a moment later with an open catch-and-shoot three from the wing. Vescovi followed that up with a quick layup on the next possession.

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Vescovi then ended the quarter with two more points on a put-back shot at the rim after a teammate’s missed attempt. Vescovi flew past Knecht in the paint to grab the offensive board.

Knecht continued to drive against the Warriors but went all the way to the basket more often than he did against the Kings in the first game. Knecht opted for the pull-up mid-range during Saturday’s contest which struggled to fall.

Knecht found some quick offense at the basket in the second half while he was waiting for the shot to connect. The former Tennessee guard recorded back-to-back buckets early in the third on a dunk through the defense and an and-one layup in transition.

For a second straight game, Knecht also recorded a half-court assist in transition late in the third against the Warriors.

Knecht and Vescovi both spent an extended amount of time on the bench across the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth quarter. With five minutes left in the contest, the Warriors had nearly a 40-point lead and had been padding that for the vast majority of the contest. Vescovi returned to the court to close out the game for the Warriors in the final few minutes.

“He’s an athlete,” the ESPN+ broadcast team said about the former Vol. “He’s got a toughness to him.”

The Warriors dominated the Lakers by a score of 92-68 in each’s second game of the California Classic.

Here’s a look at how Knecht and Vescovi have fared in their first two Summer League games:

Dalton Knecht

  • vs Kings: 26 minutes, 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 3-12 FG, 1-4 3FG, 5-9 FT
  • vs Warriors: 22 minutes, 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 3-13 FG, 1-3 3FG, 5-5 FT

 

Santiago Vescovi

  • vs Heat: 19 minutes, 0 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 0-2 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT
  • vs Lakers: 15 minutes, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3-4 FG, 0-1 FT

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