Triple Overtime Thriller – Arizona Claws Over Cal For Victory

Posted on February 5, 2011 by

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(AP Photo/George Nikitin)

Wildcats wins over Cal in a triple overtime thriller 107-105.

Now that everyone has finally been able to breathe and use the facilities, let’s take a peek into what makes this “W” more important that any of the previous ones this season for the Wildcats and what it means for the rest of the season.

Seeing these Wildcats repeatedly scratch and claw their way back into this bout over the course of regulation and three, count them – one, two, three, overtimes is like seeing one of those time-lapse videos of a building construction. These kitties matured into men over the course of 55 minutes of play. Games like these show the great job Coach Sean Miller is doing. It tells us so much about the fortitude of our Wildcats. They played as a team and won as a team. Williams earned his double-double, as usual, but was by no means the offensive powerhouse he usual is. Thus, the Golden Bears had to adjust their game plan, because their plan of letting the rest of the team beat them, was working.

Player of the Game: Lamont “MoMo” Jones.

I take back every criticism I have ever had of our fearless leader of a sophomore point guard. It’s not only that MoMo scored 27 points. It’s how he made them count. His clutch performance was defining in a multitude of ways. He has established himself as a team leader in every sense of the word. Throughout the¬†overtimes, he sunk HUGE three-pointers, orchestrated the offense, and drew offensive fouls. He and Parrom were the reasons what we were able to claw our way back into this game.

It has not happened yet this year or often, for that matter, but seeing MoMo not earn Pac-10 Player of the Week this upcoming week is hard to imagine.

Low and behold, it was not only a career defining game for Jones, but for Kevin Parrom as well. We knew he had greatness in him. Last year, being known for his defense and toughness, we knew he would play a key role in our success this year, but no one expected this. Parrom had 25 points, including the 3-pointer that set up the first overtime, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Those are all-star statistics. He proved he has a stroke from behind the arch, while at the same time some solid post-up moves that made him look stellar against some competition that easily outsized him by a few inches and a handful of pounds. It’s performances like his that make all Wildcat fans proud to be a Wildcat, positive on the rest of our season, and grinning about our program’s future.

Opposing teams once had to take into account Derrick Williams in their pre-game strategies, they now are forced to know how they are going to stop MoMo Jones and Kevin Parrom. To add onto that, I think we will see Solomon Hill step up as well over the rest of this season.

Arizona now sits atop the PAC-10 with a 1.5 game lead over the closest team, UCLA.

Wildcats need to stay humble, stay grounded, and stay hungry. Nothing is over until it is over. There is a lot of basketball left to play and a lot can happen.

Final Fun Facts:

– Arizona breaks the 20 win mark on the season. (20-4)

– Arizona had 52 points off of the bench on the game, compared to Cal’s 3.

– The pre-season PAC-10 conference winner Washington is sitting on a fat three game losing streak capped by a loss at Oregon today.

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