After Pima College went 1-21 in ACCAC men’s basketball last year, 6-24 overall, the school hired former Salpointe Catholic and Ironwood Ridge coach Brian Peabody to change things. Last week, in Pima’s first ACCAC game, the Aztecs beat Eastern Arizona 99-96. The resourceful Peabody is using 25-year-old former Tucson High player Murphy Gershman at center. He had been working as a plumber and playing basketball at the YMCA and in adult leagues. He had 21 points and 12 rebounds last week. Peabody was told about Gershman by the father of one of his former Salpointe players, Jerry Ledesma, whose son Stevie Ledesma, is now an assistant coach at Regis College in Denver. Gershman is now studying to be an electric engineer. Great story.
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