In the championship game of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Mark Lyons stepped up and played with the same flare that Arizona fans got so well accustomed to this season, leading his team to an 87-78 victory.
The tournament, located in southeastern Virginia, gave Lyons an opportunity to impress NBA and international scouts and he made the most of it on Saturday night. The fifth-year senior point guard finished with 20 points, second only to teammate Brandon Davies of BYU.
After starting the tournament off on a slow start, Lyons had his best overall performance in the championship game.
Defensively, he was able to stop La Salle’s Ramon Galloway, as the opposing point guard was forced into six turnovers.
Lyons, of course, is more known for his offensive prowess and showed it in the second half where he connected on three straight attempts from NBA range.
Perhaps more importantly, Lyons showed some unselfishness with the basketball, giving his teammates numerous scoring chances although it only equated into four assists.
For the tournament, Lyons averaged nearly 15 points, 2.3 assists, 2.6 steals, and 2.0 rebounds.
Will his play be enough to put him on the draft radar of some NBA teams? Likely not but at the very least, he should get an invite to a team’s summer league squad.
From here, Lyons plans on returning to Tucson where he will continue to train and workout. Whatever lies ahead in his professional career, he has the emotion, drive to succeed, and late-game composure to make him a valuable piece to any team.