With city titles on the line, as well as bragging rights, the Memphis area AA and AAA teams walked into FedExForum in hopes of exiting as MIAA City Champions on Saturday.
The crowd was a little scarce at the start of the Mitchell vs Trezevant game that tipped off around 5:45 pm. Mitchell wasted no time in setting the tone, jumping out to an early lead and was up 21-9 after the first quarter. The Tigers went on to defeat the Bears 73-59 for the AA crown.
Gavin Robinson was named MVP for the Tigers.
Fans were wondering how long it would take for new players Tayshaun Prince, Austin Day and Ed Davis to gel with the "grit and grind" philosophy of the Memphis Grizzlies in the post Rudy-Gay era.
With back-to-back wins at home, the Grizzlies (32-18) are getting back on track to running a tight offense and making important defensive plays that add up to wins.
On Friday (Feb. 8), the Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors 99-93, sweeping the series. Despite Warriors' guard Stephen Curry's 32 points and David Lee's 26 points, the Grizzlies came out victorious. Marc Gasol led the way recording his ninth double-double of the season, with 20 points and 11 rebounds. NBA All-Star Zach Randolph pitched in 16 points and 12 rebounds, hitting his thirtieth double-double of the year.
If someone wanted to make excuses for the University of Memphis Tigers, they could say, "Well, it was a road game." Sure it was, but coming off last Saturday's 94-64 victory over Tulsa, a more worthy adversary, Memphis' most recent victory was far from an inspiring performance.
On the road in Dallas, the Tigers came away with a very unimpressive win (60-52) against a middle of the road C-USA opponent – Southern Methodist University – on Wednesday night.
SMU's Mustangs only had the lead once in the game and it was during the first few minutes of the contest. Yet, the Tigers allowed the Mustangs to hang around late in the game.
The Memphis Grizzlies are trying to work their way back to grit-and-grind basketball and apparently it's going to take some time.
After back-to-back losses and the All-Star Game break looming, the Grizzlies are a team experiencing the pain associated with attempting to regroup and grow on the fly.
On Wednesday, Memphis suffered a 103-92 loss on the road to the Atlanta Hawks. The day before (Feb. 5), the Phoenix Suns took them down (96-90) at the FedExForum.
The thought of Glen – a former patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and a huge Grizzlies fan – brought tears to the eyes of many at the Fourth Annual Grizz Gala at the Gold Strike Casino Resort last Saturday.
The annual fundraiser was designed with children such as Glen in mind. Glen recently lost his bout with cancer, a sobering fact noted in a letter read to the crowd during the event. One couple agreed that they would celebrate the rest of the night for Glen and his life.
Sold out for the second consecutive year, the blue-tie affair gave fans the opportunity to join the Grizzlies in one of the team's ongoing expressions of community giving.
As of late, winning has been the routine for the University of Memphis Tigers basketball squad. So when the Tigers knocked off Tulsa last Saturday (Feb. 2), it wasn't a shocker.
Memphis' latest victory was its twelfth in a row as the Tigers continued to roll through their conference schedule. However, the margin of the win (94-64) surely turned a few heads. Just to put it into perspective, over the Tigers' previous four triumphs they only won by a combined 29 points.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane isn't exactly a push over. They came into the game with a winning record (12-9, 4-3 C-USA), and they have often given Memphis problems. But to say the Tigers were firing on all cylinders this past weekend would be an understatement.
With the arrival of new players and the departure of familiar faces, the Memphis Grizzlies are a team in transition. That means fresh attention to blending and bonding on and off the court.
Three new players suited up on Friday and were ready to compete as Memphis faced the Washington Wizards (11-34). Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye all clocked minutes as the Grizzlies defeated Washington 85 to 76.
Prince and Day were acquired from the Detroit Pistons and Davis from the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. The deal put Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi in Raptors' uniforms.