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BOZICH | The 502 Boys (Snider, Spalding) lead Louisville past North Florida

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Trinity's Raymond Spalding (left) and Ballard's Quentin Snider led Louisville past North Florida. Trinity's Raymond Spalding (left) and Ballard's Quentin Snider led Louisville past North Florida.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Inside the University of Louisville locker room, Quentin Snider and Raymond Spalding are known as “the 502 Boys.” They dress in adjoining stalls on the left side of the locker room.

Confirmation of the nickname came Saturday. Their teammates chanted “Five-Oh-Two, Five-Oh-Two” after Spalding was swallowed by a collection of cameras and tape recorders following U of L’s jarring, 89-61, victory over North Florida.

For Snider, Ballard High School Class of 2014, it was a coming of age performance as he delivered five of his six assists in the second half as the Cards outscored North Florida 46-20. Snider ran the team as if it was his team to run. Snider also ignored a slow start shooting the ball to contribute nine points.

For Spalding, Trinity High School Class of 2015, it was a coming out performance. Credit the freshman with 18 points and a dozen rebounds, an amazing number considering Spalding contributed five points and seven rebounds in Louisville’s first two games.

When was the last game so many 502 fingerprints were that prominent on a victory by the program that rules the 502 area code?

Great question. Difficult to answer.

After checking the numbers with Louisville senior assistant athletic director Kenny Klein, the combined 27 points from Snider and Spalding appeared to be the most points two Louisville high school products have scored for the Cardinals since Tony Williams and Quentin Bailey combined for 35 when Louisville beat Memphis on Feb. 5, 2000.

But U of L statistician Kelly Dickey said Larry O'Bannon (30) and Terrance Farley (4) combined for 34 against Marquette on Jan. 26, 2005. In other words, it's been awhile.

“We’re playing in front of our family and our city,” Snider said. “This is where we were born. It’s pretty exciting. I like it.”

The 20,413 folks in the KFC Yum! Center liked it, too, judging by the ovations that Snider, a sophomore, and Spalding, a freshman, earned. Snider will laugh and tell you that he does not enjoy dressing in the seat next to a guy who played at a rival high school, but these two players have been friends for seven years.

Snider played middle school basketball at Ramsey. Spalding first blocked one of Snider’s shots when he was in the middle of the defense at Conway.

Snider tried to convince Spalding to join him at Ballard, but Spalding, a year younger, decided to attend Trinity, Ballard’s primary rival. Snider can still give you the blow-by-blow of the six battles they had in the Seventh Region.

They split two games in 2013 and then Ballard won three of four in 2014, Snider’s senior season.

“When we ran pick and rolls, I didn’t try to go to the basket,” Snider said. “I knew he would block it. He’s a real great defender.”

Regardless of what the box score said, defense is what got Spalding on the floor and kept him on the court against the Ospreys. The kid is 6 feet 10. He moves as if he is smaller, but defends the rim as if he is larger. His arms reach to Simponsville.

Spalding blocked two shots and snatched four steals, half of the 12 deflections that he contributed in a game that was North Florida’s worst defeat in two seasons. Spalding played quick, but never looked like he was in a hurry.

“In our opinion, he’s the next great one,” North Florida coach Matthew Driscoll said. “He’s the next guy that you can tell coach has a great love for.

“We think  (Quentin) Snider is the next guard that’s going to lead them, but Spalding, he’s long, active and knows how to play. He’s got a great disposition about him and he’s always in the right position. He’s always got his hands up, so he’s always tipping easily.”

“That was an incredible coming out party for him,” U of L coach Rick Pitino said. “His stamina was awesome … From the way he gets in the passing lanes, his wingspan and his quickness, it’s truly incredible and I’m really proud of him.”

Pitino also liked the way that Snider adjusted his range and then continued to shoot after missing seven of his eight first shots. He made half of his final six field-goal attempts and led Louisville with six assists in 33 solid minutes.

“I just keep shooting,” he said. “I might have a bad shooting night but I just try to get my teammates involved and try to create for them and they can create for me.”

Snider was in the middle of the scrum when the other players hooted and hollered as Spalding handled his post-game media responsibilities after a long shower.

Somebody asked the freshman how he thought he had performed.

“I think I played pretty well,” Spalding said. “I played all right.”

“GREAT ANSWER,” was the response from the unforgiving crowd.

Spalding laughed and ducked his head. Raymond Spalding is not in this for the attention.

“This definitely brings happiness to the team,” Spalding said. “It brings us closer together.”

Especially the 502 Boys.

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