Hubbard one assist shy of a Prime Time triple-double

BY ERIK PAPKE | JUNE 27, 2011 7:20 AM

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Eric May and Anthony Hubbard have a lot in common.

Both stand 6-5, both are athletic wing players, and both will battle for a starting position with the Iowa men’s basketball team this season.

The two had one more thing in common on Sunday: They shared a gym at the North Liberty Community Center, and their Prime Time League matchup drew a packed house.

“[May and Hubbard are] not stupid,” May’s coach, Randy Larson, said. “They both know that the starting [small forward] spot is probably going to be one of those two guys … May’s a handful, and, luckily for Hawkeye fans, so is Hubbard.”

Hubbard was one assist short of a triple-double, with a team-high 26 points, 17 rebounds, and 9 assists as he led his team (3-0) to a 104-92 victory.

May wasn’t far behind. The reigning Prime Time MVP scored a game-high 29 points on 10-for-18 shooting, but ultimately didn’t receive enough help from his teammates to keep from falling to 1-2 on the season.

Hubbard started the game off with an impressive drive to the hoop, where he made a lay-up and was fouled on the play. He converted the free throw.

Teammate Christopher Olivier, a 6-8 forward from Northern Iowa, picked up where Hubbard left off. After a monstrous blocked shot, he took the ball up the court himself and finished with a drive to the basket and foul. Fellow Panther Chip Rank scored 8-straight points by nailing two 3-pointers and adding a lay-up. Their play helped put their Coach’s Corner/Two Rivers Bank & Trust team up by 13 points, 30-17.

May and Larson’s team struggled early in the half. May missed the first three shots he attempted, and Larson turned to incoming Iowa freshman Josh Oglesby for help. The Cedar Rapids native nailed two 3-pointers in the half that helped his team get back in the game, and he finished with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting. The 6-5 guard also snagged 8 rebounds and dished out 6 assists.

Oglesby wasn’t the only member of McCurry’s/Mike Gatens to use the 3-point line. Guard Jason Price nailed three 3-pointers in the first half, and the team managed to pull within 9 points at halftime.

McCurry’s continued to roll after the break, and it started the second half on a 21-6 run to grab a 74-68 lead.

Larson’s reasoning for his team’s resurgence in the second half was simple.

“They started to adjust to what the other team was doing, and they took it away,” he said.

The big lead didn’t last long, though. Hubbard tied the game at 74 with a lay-up, and Jordan Stoermer gave Coach’s Corner the lead with a 3-pointer. This seemed to ignite the team, and Hubbard and Company went on a 10-0 run to regain control of the game.

“I thought our team had a real offensive lull in the second half, but we were able to fight through that,” coach Kevin Lehman said. “That’s kind of the first time we’ve been able to do that.”

May managed to cut the lead to 7 points, but Hubbard and Rank were too much. The pair used strong defense to slam the door on May, and Lehman said he was encouraged by how his squad was able to fight back after relinquishing the lead.

“I was proud of the way [we] battled,” he said. “We were able to adjust [to the defense] and then score some points later in the half.”

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