OGDEN -- It's not even Halloween yet, but one of Weber State coach Randy Rahe's favorite Christmas shopping/basketball analogies was in full effect in Wednesday's Purple and White scrimmage.
As Rahe says, when you go Christmas shopping at the mall, you want to park as close to the front door as possible; when you play basketball, you want to park the ball as close to the basket as possible.
Weber State's big men looked ready for Christmas on Wednesday. Sophomore forward Joel Bolomboy led all scorers with 20 points on 9 of 13 shooting, including several of his trademark dunks, and senior center Kyle Tresnak contributed 14 points and eight rebounds.
"It's definitely been awhile, to be out there in front of our fans that are out there supporting us, but it felt good. I was just out there playing and when I was open, try to dunk it," Bolomboy said. "I try to dunk everything, really."
Weber State won a school-record 30 games last season but missed out on a Big Sky Conference championship, so the 'Cats, overwhelming favorites in the league preseason polls, are anxious to get back to work.
"We've got some weapons we can throw the ball into," Rahe said. "Kyle's a proven guy. Joel has gotten a lot better over the summer. Obviously he's improved his skill level and he's a threat down there too."
It's not just the post players who can park the ball near the basket, Rahe said; scorers like guard/forward Davion Berry are capable of getting to the rim.
"There are a variety of ways we can get the ball closer," especially with a team that is likely more athletic than Rahe has ever had at Weber State.
Berry, WSU's top returning scorer from last season, had 18 points.
The highlight of the night for Berry was "the crowd being here, the enthusiasm in the building, the fans being happy to be back in the building to start off a new season," Berry said. "It feels good."
The Wildcats played three periods --- two 10 minute periods and a five-minute finish -- senior point guard Jordan Richardson made the final period interesting by hitting a 3-pointer to tie it with 4.3 seconds, but Bolomboy answered by cutting to the basket on an in-bounds pass for a wide open dunk for a 34-32 Purple win; Berry's half-court shot at the buzzer hit the front of the rim.
Richardson scored 10 points as did senior forward Byron Fulton.
"I thought we got better," Berry said.
"Joel and Trez, all our big men, (Byron Fulton), Kyndahl, Josh Fuller, we gave them the ball and they did what they were supposed to do with it -- either kick it out or score the ball."
Wildcats fans saw incoming freshmen Jeremy Senglin and Richaud Gittens for the first time, along with University of Utah transfer Josh Fuller, a 6-foot-6 forward.
Senglin, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Arlington, Texas, and Gittens, a 6-4 guard from Tempe, Ariz., will be asked to contribute this season. Senglin had eight points, Gittens had two and Fuller did not score.
WSU fans also saw Kyndahl Hill in action for the first time since last season's Purple and White game. Hill, a 6-foot-7 forward from Humble, Texas, who will be a redshirt freshman this season, scored six points.
Weber State plays an exhibition game against Adams State on Nov. 2 and opens its regular season Nov. 8 with an in-state matchup against BYU in Provo.
* WEBER STATE WOMEN: Sophomore forward Jalen Carpenter had a game-high 14 points, playing for both the Purple and the White, senior guard Laura Palmere added 11 and sophomore guard Regina Okoye joined them in double-figures with 10.
After an exhibition game Oct. 31 against Adams State, the Wildcats will look to snap their 48-game losing streak in the season opener in the Dee Events Center Nov. 8 against NAIA school Walla Walla.
Weber State went 0-29 last season, 0-20 against the Big Sky.
Aside from the obvious -- wins -- third-year coach Bethann Ord is looking for improvements in athleticism and team chemistry.
"Being quicker, more athletic -- we are definitely that -- executing," Ord said of where her team has improved through the summer. "I think the girls have been growing, they really like each other. Chemistry has been good and it's getting better. Every day I think it gets better."
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