Monday, May 12, 2008

Pops, the Hero of Granada

Pops Mensah-Bonsu joined CB Granada of the Spanish league for the last game of the season. That game would decide if 15th-place Granada would be relegated (sent down the minors, basically) or remain in the top league. It was a must win, and it was against TAU Ceramica, one of the top teams in Spain which just finished 4th in the Euroleague.

So what's Pops to do? Fold? Or become "El Matador" and the "King of the Palacio de los Deportes"? The latter of course. Pops took to the air, scoring 22 and adding 9 rebounds, then got the final rebound and dribbled out the clock to help give Granada the 89-87 victory.

And check out the video, with lots of emphatic Pops dunks and fans doing the "we're not worthy" bow, like many a game at the Smith Center.

Pretty awesome that Pops became the hero for Granada; I think he was replacing the injured Curtis Borchardt. And Pops must like playing at places with lots of mascots. CB Granada has 4.

As posted previously, Pops has some workouts with NBA teams coming up.

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