Josh Pastner

Josh Pastner, the 32 year old former player in the 1997 Arizona Wildcats Men’s basketball National Championship team and now the Head Coach for of the Memphis Tigers played his first big game as a coach on Tuesday 17th Nov against Kansas. And much to the disappointment of all, Memphis Tigers lost to the rank 1 team 57-55!

With nothing to lose much to the rank 1 team, Memphis lost too close taking a huge cut at the Kansas Jayhawks. Josh’s boys played well that he could have asked from his 7-man team. They didn’t start too well and were trailing 38-28 with about 14mins left. Then Tigers picked up and crept within 48-44 at 3:55mins left. After that, nothing went right and they started losing. At 2:59mins remaining, senior player Doneal Mack fouled shoot a 3-pointer but could make only one and missed the chance high time.

At this point, Memphis lost the pace and Kansas were fast enough to increase the lead with 7 points. Still the Tigers played hard to be in the game and the score was 54-52 with 1:02mins left. Kansas scored next with the help of senior point guard Sherron Collins. At the score of 56-55, Tigers responded well with a 3 pointer from Elliot Williams at 16.7secs but missed it. The winner was Kansas with 57-55.

No doubt the Tigers played so well and hats off to the ace coach Josh Pastner! Memphis Tigers didn’t have the any talent advantage and playing against the #1 team was tough enough. It was no more than a near-to-win match and indeed a gutty performance to watch.


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