TSPL tips off

The third edition of the Tucson Summer Pro League tipped off Friday night at St. Gregory's High School. The first night of the league may have lacked star power but featured some of the best overall play the league has seen.

Only a handful of current Wildcats are on rosters and the first night only Mohamed Tangara took the court. Both J.P. Prince and Fendi Onobun were on hand but neither of the Wildcat sophomores took the floor. Prince has been rehabbing a few minor injuries but may make his debut as early as Saturday.

Onobun is nursing some pretty nasty blisters he got weight lifting. To make matters worse he re-opened the blisters while dunking and had his hand wrapped in gauze. He expects to be on the floor sooner rather than later.

Overall the talent of the league is better than it has been. While the NBA Wildcats and current players will take the floor infrequently, the rest of the players that make up the league look to be much more talented. There is more size and athleticism this year and the games seem to be much more competitive.

The night's first game was a testament to the competitiveness of the league. The game was tied at 76 before the Kelvin Eafon led UBS team scored the game's final eight points for the win.

Although Tangara was the only big named men's Wildcat player taking the floor, there were a handful of women's players on hand. Former Wildcat Felicity Willis is in her third year in the TSPL. The two-sport star, she also played softball at Arizona, had one of the plays of the night when her hard foul sent an opponent sprawling.

Friday was also the Tucson debut of Suzy and Beatrice Bofia. The twin sisters will be joining Joan Bonvicini's club this fall after two seasons at Illinois Central College.

There was a good sized crowd on hand and other than the games getting a late start, things ran smoothly.

"We really tried to get the kinks out for tomorrow night," said league founder Corey Williams.

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