The second Lute Olson Fantasy Camp concluded like it ended last year - with Pete Williams as the coach of the championship team.
He vowed he'd win the title in back-to-back fashion on Thursday night and by mid-morning Sunday, he proved to be prophetic. Williams was helped by co-coach John Edgar, a former University of Arizona teammate and neighbor in Southern California.
"It was great winning another championship, but regardless of the outcome of (Sunday's) game, I was going to be in a celebratory mood because of the effort our guys gave us yesterday,” said Williams, whose team beat Ben Davis’ young-and-athletic team. “We faced tough odds taking on a team that easily defeated its first two opponents, but we stuck to our game plan and gave an A-plus effort. To face them again in the finals, and beat them convincingly, is a testament to how much our guys really wanted ... John & I are very proud of them!”
In two years at the Olson Fantasy Camp, Williams is 7-1. The championship culminated more than three days of fun, food, parties and, of course, basketball for more than 30 adult basketball players.
Lute Olson was on hand for many of the games, watching his former players coach the four teams for three days. The former players were: Kenny Lofton, Harvey Mason, Joe Turner,Davis, Donnell Harris, Reggie Geary, Bennett Davison, Matt Muehlebach and Craig McMillan.
“The overall experience, well, it just keeps getting better,” Williams said. “I’ve made new friends and looking forward to building on these new relationships.”