Prince and Williams Continue to Impress

J.P. Prince and Marcus Williams faced off today in the first game of this weekend's action at St. Gregory's for the Tucson Summer Pro League. The game was close throughout, as were the stellar performances from the soon-to-be Wildcats.

At the final buzzer, Williams & Associates had pulled out the victory, 64-60, riding Prince's 30-point performance on 13-23 shooting. He also had 5 assists and at least 2 steals. He struggled early, however, making only 2 of his first 10 shots. His outside shot has proved to be inconsistent, as he missed his first 4 three point attempts, and finished 2-of-7. Overall, though, Prince looked very much in control of his team.

Marcus Williams extended his 30-point game streak to 3, turning in over half of his teams points with 32, on 13-25 shooting. Of these two freshmen, Williams appears to be the more consistent shooter, faring 6-13 from outside the lane. Marcus is a competitor, and can and will score at will. He also pulled down at least 7 rebounds, and had a few assists of his own.

A concern that has presented itself time after time with these two players is free throw shooting. Marcus Williams finished 6-10 from the stripe, although he made his last 5. J.P. only managed to make 2 of his 6 freebies. Neither of them look very comfortable at the line. After losing Salim Stoudamire and Channing Frye, both of whom shot over 80% from the line last season, the Cats cannot afford to let this become a habit for the incoming players.

Williams and Associates improved to 2-1 in the league, and Team Jumpman fell to 2-1.

The second game was rather uneventful as El Charro, led by former football standout Kelvin Eafon, knocked off Saguaro Ranch, once again playing without the presence of Isaiah Fox, 75-62. Late in the first half, some of the foul calls (or non-calls) were disputed by the players, and the tension in the game rose. At halftime, Corey Williams had a conference at the scorers' table with both teams, most likely to remind them that the TSPL is a recreational league.

El Charro improved to 3-0, remaining as one of the three undefeated teams in the league. Saguaro Ranch fell to 0-3.

In the final game of the day, Jesus Verdejo factored in very little in the first half. He scored only 6 points with 2-8 field goals in the half, and sat out the last 4 minutes.

During the second half, Jesus developed a bit of a limp, favoring his left leg. However, when his team had its lead cut to 3 points, he took the game upon himself, sinking 5 straight field goals to rebuild a cushion for McMahon's Prime Steakhouse. By this time, his limp was obvious and distinct. Again, he pulled himself out of the game for the final minutes, but he appeared to be in high spirits. He did not seem overly concerned about any potential injury.

Verdejo finished with 20 points on 8-17 shooting.

McMahon's also bettered their record to 3-0, beating Moore Law Firm (0-3) 66-56.


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