Tucson Summer Pro League (TSPL)
The Gregory School
The Tucson Summer Pro League (TSPL) season is coming to an end and the league is gearing up for its final week of full activity including an All-Star game, dunk contest, 3-point shootout, playoffs and the TSPL for Kids championship.
The adult league will hold a semifinal playoff round on Saturday, July 29 at The Gregory School between No. 2 Pizza Hut vs. No. 3 Asarco at 2 p.m. followed by No. 1 Truly Nolen and No. 4 Casino del Sol Resort.at 4 p.m.
Truly Nolen (7-3) won the regular season title over Pizza Hut (7-3) with a 64-56 win on Sunday, July 23. Asarco (6-4) held on to the third playoff spot despite a 67-60 loss to Ace Hardware and Casino del Sol (5-5) clinched the last playoff spot with a 74-58 win over Window Depot. No. 5 Ace Hardware (5-5) and No. 6 Window Depot (0-10) were eliminated from playoff contention.
The 3-point shootout (noon), All-Star game (1 p.m.) and slam dunk contest (3 p.m.) is scheduled for Sunday, July 30 at the Gregory School.
On the Kid’s side, No. 1 Pima Federal Credit Union (8-2) will take on No. 2 Truly Nolen (7-3) a championship game scheduled for Sunday, July 30 at 2 p.m. Both squads had a playoff spot in hand before Sunday. Pima Federal beat Truly Nolen 70-47 in a regular season game.
Truly Nolen beat Tucson Appliance 57-41 on Sunday with Dylan Hadley scoring a team-high 16 points, Dylan Dreis adding 13 and Morelia Sanchez scored 12. TaJohn Cook scored a game high 19 for Tucson Appliance and Ryan Ray added nine.
Sanchez will be a freshman at Palo Verde this fall and the 14-year-old scored eight of her points in an important stretch in the third quarter that saw Truly Nolen go from a 24-22 deficit to a 41-34 lead.
“It was pretty much a struggle until we started to open it up,” Sanchez said. “I started to work myself open and made my shots.”
Sanchez is looking forward to the championship game:
“I have a lot of confidence in myself and in my team,” Sanchez added.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com