VOL. 130 | NO. 32 | Tuesday, February 17, 2015
All-Star Game Special Night For Brothers Gasol
By Don Wade
Pau Gasol won the historic tip-off from younger brother Marc, making official the Brothers Gasol as the first brothers in league history to start in the NBA All-Star Game.
West Team’s Marc Gasol (left) of the Memphis Grizzlies and East Team’s Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls stand together after the NBA All-Star game, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. The West Team won 163-158.
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Marc, the beloved Grizzlies center, finished with six point and 10 rebounds. Pau, a former Grizzly and now a Chicago Bull, scored 10 points with 12 rebounds.
And if anyone cares – they probably don’t – Marc’s Western Conference team won the game in New York 163-158 over Pau’s Eastern Conference squad.
“It’s something that has never happened, so I think it’s remarkable that we have been the first ones to actually do it,” Pau said afterward.
“Just seeing so many people happy and so many people supporting us (was special),” Marc told reporters. “My daughter came for the first time to a game. To me, that was really special.”
Now, Marc begins his abbreviated All-Star break. The Grizzlies will return to practice later this week and start at a three-game West Coast trip on Sunday, Feb. 22, at Portland. Their next home game is Friday, Feb. 27, vs. the Los Angeles Clippers.
Tennis Threepeat. Kei Nishikori, the No. 5 player in the world, won his third straight Memphis Open on Sunday at The Racquet Club with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Kevin Anderson, the No. 2 seed form South African.
Nishikori, who was the No. 1 seed in the tournament, was a U.S. Open finalist last September. He now has eight wins on the ATP World Tour, three coming in Memphis.
“It feels like home,” he told the crowd at the Stadium Court after the match.
The University of Memphis men’s basketball team stopped two-game losing streak with a 75-48 victory at South Florida last Saturday.
Again playing without injured sophomore forward Austin Nichols (ankle sprain), the Tigers improved to 15-10 overall, 7-5 in the American Athletic Conference, as junior forward Shaq Goodwin scored 18 points with nine rebounds.
South Florida (7-19, 1-12) was hardly a formidable opponent. Nonetheless, sixth-year Tigers coach Josh Pastner kept his streak alive of never having lost three straight games.
The immediate task is trying to gain one of the first first-round byes in The American’s postseason tournament, which is the only path left for the Tigers to reach the NCAA Tournament for a fifth straight year. Nichols may or may not be able to play this Thursday when Connecticut (also 7-5 in the conference) comes to FedExForum. The Tigers also still have to play at UConn.
Last week, after the Tigers had dropped consecutive games to Temple and at East Carolina, Pastner called every game a “must-win,” adding, “We gotta win a lot if we want to have a shot at anything.”
The Tigers women’s basketball team snapped a three-game skid with a 64-58 victory at Houston to get back to .500 at 12-12; the Tigers are 6-7 in league play. Sophomore guard Mooriah Rowser tied her career high with 24 points. Memphis is currently seventh in The American standings.
Jonathan Stark (Munford High School) hit a 3-pointer as time expired to lift Tulane to a 50-49 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday.
Stark finished the game with nine points, six rebounds and four assists. The sophomore guard is averaging 11.0 points per game.
The U of M baseball team opened its season at Oral Roberts over the weekend, going 1-2 and pushing head coach Daron Schoenrock to 299 career wins at Memphis.
After dropping the first two games of the series, senior Dylan Toscano provided six innings of shutout pitching and sophomore Nolan Blackwood got the game’s final four outs for the save in a 6-1 victory.
Sophomore center fielder and leadoff man Darrien Tubbs paced the offense with three hits and a run scored and a run batted in.
The U of M softball team went 2-2 in the Florida International University Tournament. The Tigers are now 3-5 on the season.
Junior Cierra Mangum leads Memphis in hitting with a .526 average. She has three doubles, a home run and an .842 slugging percentage.