Aug. 13, 2012
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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -Arizona's starting backcourt combined for 23 first-half points as the University of Arizona defeated the Bahamas All-Stars, 99-57, in an exhibition game Monday at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium in Nassau.
Kevin Parrom and Mark Lyons combined to make 8-of-14 shots in the first two quarters in helping Arizona grab and sustain an early lead. The Cats led 32-10 after the first period and 50-28 at halftime.
For the second consecutive game, the Wildcats got off to a strong start, jumping out to an early 13-1 lead in the first five minutes. The All-Stars connected on just two of its first 11 field goal attempts.
Parrom was big early on, scoring 12 of his 16 points in the first quarter, while Lyons poured in six in the second quarter and finished with 11 points in the opening half.
Arizona connected on 18-of-38 (.474) of its attempts in the first 20 minutes and limited the All-Stars to just 33 percent shooting (12-of-36) of its own.
The Wildcats put the game out reach late in the third quarter, closing the period with a 13-6 run to stretch the lead to 31 points at 77-46. In fact, the Cats were good in closing each period, as UA outscored the All-Stars by a combined 42-18 tally in the final three minutes of each quarter.
In addition to Parrom (16 pts.) and Lyons (19), Brandon Ashley added 12 points, while Angelo Chol chipped in with 11. Grant Jerrett led all players with nine rebounds, while Parrom and Ashley pulled down seven boards apiece.
Notes: From the "only in an island paradise" file, Bahamian basketball sometimes means you have to deal with the sun. When the Cats arrived at Kendal Isaacs Gym, a great deal of sunlight was streaming through the arena windows onto the court at the top of the key. By tip-off, the sun continued on its path and was at center court.
** Being at the beach is always a good thing, but there is something extra special about the Caribbean. Today's striking combination of white sand, turquoise water and bright blue skies made for a postcard perfect day. The salt water never felt better.
** The Bahamas All-Stars coach was a busy man Monday, as Mario Bowleg took part in a Bahamas Basketball Federation press conference pregame before sliding into his in-game duties. He also managed to take a call on his cell phone during the first half while patrolling the sidelines.
** Arizona closed the trip to the Bahamas with Jacob Hazzard, Quinton Crawford, Max Wiepking, Drew Mellon and Matt Korcheck on the court in the final 1:44. The quintet was productive in its collective appearance, as Mellon dropped in a field goal with 35 seconds to go, his first in a UA uniform, while Korcheck hammered home two dunks in the final 30 seconds with each coming off a nice pass from Hazzard.