A few stars missing, but the TSPL Rolls On

The Tucson Summer Pro League continues to attract a good number of fans each session. On Saturday, Marcus Williams, Kirk Walters, Fendi Onobun and Jesus Verdejo were the only Cats to take the floor, but the games were still good.

Despite Marcus Williams' 36-point performance, Team Jumpman fell to 2-2 with a 74-66 loss to M3 Moore Law Firm, who earned their first win of the summer.

Williams shot 14-26, and also nabbed 14 rebounds and swatted 4 shots on the defensive end. However, he did struggle with his outside shot today, going 2-10 from outside the lane. Compared to the impressive shooting he displayed in the first few games of this league, this was out of character for him.

Marcus did appear to be more comfortable at the free throw line, going 7-11. However, his total for the league is still only 18-35, a measly 51%.

In game 2 of the day, Kirk Walters failed to push Team Swoosh over a Hassan Adams-less UBS squad. With the loss, Walters and Team Swoosh are now 0-3, while UBS increased their record to 3-0. Walters had himself a solid performance, though, scoring 21 points on 9-15 shooting, and 9 rebounds. It still appears, though, that he could definitely be working harder to free himself up in the post. At times, his teammates looked desperate to involve him in the game, but could not.

Kirk's team had a small lead throughout the entire game, but as the final minutes counted down, UBS managed to tie the game up at 52 a piece. Team Swoosh had an excellent opportunity to take the lead for good, but failed to score on multiple attempts (thanks to offensive rebounds). With just a few seconds to go, UBS jacked up an air ball from outside, only to be tipped in by another UBS player with less than a second to go. They captured the victory, 54-52.

Game 3 featured a match up between sophomore Jesus Verdejo and incoming freshman Fendi Onobun. Neither of the two had outstanding games. Verdejo's outside shooting was spotty, going 7-18 from outside the lane, while Onobun couldn't hit anything outside of a few feet, going 0-7 from outside the lane. Verdejo finished with a respectable 24 points, but it took him 25 field goal attempts to do it (he made 11). He also contributed with 6 assists. Onobun also scored 24, on 10-28 shooting.

Jesus was still hobbling all through the game today, which may have affected the way he shot the ball.

Fendi does an excellent job of getting to the hoop, but still must work on finishing the shot. He would have scored an extra 10 points or so if he had managed to finish his drives.

In the end, McMahon's Prime Steakhouse took the game by 20 points, maintaining perfection at 4-0. Onobun's Window Depot fell to 1-2.

The final game between Saguaro Ranch and Magpie's Pizza contained no U of A players, besides former woman's star, Felicity Willis. Although I did not record official stats for her, she must have earned at least 10 assists, and drained a number of jump shots as well. Willis and Yale grad Ime Archibald led Magpie's to a crushing 81-58 victory. This was Magpie's first win (1-2), while Saguaro Ranch remained winless at 0-4.


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