Tangara put up impressive numbers. He score 13 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots. When he was in the game the opponents on Royal Buick were tentative to go into the lane. If he was not blocking shots, he was altering them. Even when he was nowhere near the play, opponents were keeping an eye out for him.
It was when he was out of the game that Royal Buick made a run late in the contest. With the big man on the bench Royal Buick cut into the lead by attacking the basket.
Tangara returned to the game but a pair of three pointers by Mark Meredith added to a 17-6 run. Royal Buick was within a two, 39-37, but Beau Muhlbach turned the ball over when he became tangled with his defender. Tangara actually had a chance to ice the game with a dunk, but the ball slipped from his hands, giving Royal Buick a last chance with 1.8 seconds left.
Unfortunately for Royal Buick, the inbounds pass was intercepted and the ensuing free throw and Tangara tip-in iced the game and gave Contractors Employment a 42-37 win.
If there was one negative to Tangara's game it is his offense. Like many big men he tends to put the ball on the floor too often and had it stolen away on several occasions. He's best when he goes straight to the hoop or puts home an offensive rebound.
Tangara attacks the glass, and uses his strength, determination and leaping ability to grab every loose ball that he can. He's a pretty good leaper and uses his legs, as well as his wing span, to gather in missed shots.
He moves well. Tangara is very quick for a big man and he can run the floor. He was rewarded for doing so on a fast break. Tangara was fed in the lane, getting the lay-in and the foul.
His stroke on his free throws looks very good, but he's still a bit inconsistent. He has nice touch and rotation and should only get better after a few weeks with the Wildcat coaches.
His decision making is mixed, but his heart is in the right place. He is not afraid to pass out of the post, but has to do a better job deciding when to do so. He also has to get a better feel for when to attack the basket. All of that should come with just a bit of coaching.
Offensively he is limited. For the most part he stayed close to the basket. He has a couple of nice hook moves, but tries to get easy lay-ins whenever possible. It was good to see that he didn't try to settle for jump shots and that he knows that he is better off close to the hoop.
All in all there were few surprises, Tangara is essentially the same player I saw last summer, only more polished. He still has some work to do, but all of the ingredients are there.
There were some other standout performances in the game. Beau Muhlbach score all six of his first half points in a 6-0 run. He was effective on the break and when Tangara went to the bench he attacked the hoop. His stroke was a little off from outside, but he played a good game.
Tangara had some talented teammates. Kelvin Eafon continues to be one of the most aggressive players in the league. He attacks the hoop every chance he gets and does a nice job getting to the line. He has struggled to date at the foul line, but still gets his points.
Joe McLean saved his best for last. He was key late for Contractors. He drew a foul, had some big rebounds and made his free throws. McLean has recently moved back to Arizona and expects to make a number of League games.
Anis Fellah played well. He didn't light it up, but played well of the bench and did a lot of the little things that you'd expect of a Lute Olson player, even a one-year walk-on.
The second game may have been even more exciting. The game between La Salsa and Watson Chevrolet was a barnburner. Miles Simon carried La Salsa on his back in the final minutes. He scored the last eight points for his team in regulation. He went coast-to-coast in the final seconds and his lay-in as time expired sent the game to overtime tied at 69.
The overtime belonged to Watson Chevrolet. Corey Williams and Michael Moore paced their team, while Simon couldn't continue the heroics by himself. Watson outscored La Salsa 12-4 in the extra time and walked away with the 81-73 win.
Daniel Dillon continued to impress. He was especially tough on the glass. He showed off some impressive hops as he battled for rebounds. His quickness was on display again and he had a pretty nice night offensively.
Gene Edgerson was tough on the boards, but found touches tough to come by at times.