Former Cats prevail in charity game

Weekends at St. Gregory's Prep usually feature some pretty competitive basketball. The Tucson Summer Pro League mixes the best local talent with current and former Wildcat basketball players. On Sunday the TSPL had their first All Stars vs. the Cats game. In the end the former Wildcats had enough to hold on for the win.

Steve Kerr was a driving force behind the game which donated to proceeds to charity and it was the former NBA standout who led the Wildcats to a win. Kerr knocked down his first four buckets and scored 23 in the win.

The Wildcats came out strong and built up a 21-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the alumni team lacked depth and size and the TSPL All-Stars roared back and 16-8 run put them up 30-29. The alums scored on the next possession and after trading buckets the next few possessions they'd never trail again.

At half time the alums got some much needed rest and came out with a renewed vigor.

"I was 42-0 in my college career and we're not going to lose here," Josh Pastner said at halftime.

Pastner made no secret that he was going to shoot and shoot often. Pastner acted as if the paint was hot lava, and settled for taking threes. He was not hot but did knock down a few shots in the second half and finished with five points.

"I told Steve I was going to shoot every time down because this was my only chance to share a backcourt with an NBA player," Pastner said. When reminded that he played with a number of NBA bound guards during his college career, the current Wildcat assistant quickly added, "yeah, but I mostly waved a towel. They were usually out of the game when I came in."

The leading scorer was big man Joseph Blair, who had 24, including a number of big time dunks. Blair claimed before the game that he was out of shape having not worked out since the end of his season in the Italian League, but he was more than a match of the smaller players from the TSPL.

The TSPL All-Stars hung around, but a Kelvin Eafon put-back put the former Cats up 77-68 and the All-Stars would never get within five. League founder Corey Williams sealed the game with a put-back of his own for a 102-95 lead with: 45 to play.

Williams scored 14, playing much of the game out of position inside. Eafon, the two-sport standout, scored 12.

Joe Nehls was the lone Snowden-era star in the game and the sharpshooter did not disappoint. Nehls buried two threes and a long two for eight points. Women star Felicity Willis and former walk-on Jason Richey each added a bucket

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