Hubbard's team no longer No. 1 in PTL rankings

BY SAM ODEYEMI | JULY 19, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Prime Time League playoffs began on Sunday, and two teams were sent packing. This is the last edition of The Daily Iowan's Prime Time rankings, and teams were graded in expected order of finish.

1. Falbo/Culver's

The three-headed monster of Matt Gatens, Aaron White, and Melsahn Basabe combined for 51 points in Falbo's playoff victory over McCurry's/Gatens. The trio also received some help from Andre Murphy and Keith Steffeck, who added 13 and 14 points, respectively.

This team is poised to make a strong run this postseason, and the only acceptable outcome should be a league title.

Last Week: No. 4

2. Armstrong/Kroeger

Armstrong barely got past a Roy Devyn Marble-less Monica's/Pelling squad in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday, but the team is into the semis thanks to its balanced scoring attack.

Ali Farokhmanesh and Zach McCabe combined for 41 points, and the supporting cast of Eric Washpun, Tucker Wentzien, and Darius Stokes added 50 more.

Armstrong will be dangerous down the road if it continues to receive contributions from numerous players.

Last Week: No. 2

3. Ready Mix/Vinton

Bryce Cartwright and Company had a first-round bye on Sunday, but will play Falbo in the semifinals tonight in what should be one of the best games of the season.

Cartwright continues to lead the team in scoring and assists, but he will need someone else to step up in order for Ready Mix to advance.

Ready Mix is the only team left in the playoffs without a legitimate one-two punch.

Last Week: No. 3

4. Coach's Corner/Two Rivers

Coach's Corner was poised to run through the playoffs a week ago, but a flurry of changes have seriously hurt the team's chances at a Prime Time title.

In the space of a week, star forward Anthony Hubbard left the Iowa Hawkeyes — and is therefore unlikely to suit up for Coach's Corner tonight — and point guard Anthony James went down with an ankle injury.

The No. 1 seed in the playoffs received a first-round bye, but it's hard to see this team moving forward after the loss of its two best players.

Last Week: No. 1

5. Monica's/Pelling (eliminated)

Monica's was without its best player in the first round of the playoffs — Marble sat out with a similar ankle injury to James' — but the team still almost found a way to win.

Temple forward Anthony Lee had a monster double-double with 35 points and 21 rebounds. He nearly single-handedly carried his team to within 2 points of what would have been a stunning victory.

Wes Washpun and former Hawkeye Darryl Moore helped by scoring 20 and 17 points, respectively. The team went down fighting and that's all coach Kevin Sanders could ask for.

Last Week: No. 5

6. McCurry's/Gatens (eliminated)

McCurry's lost to a better team on Sunday, but its players put everything on the line and should be proud of how they fell.

Eric May, who carried the team for much of the season, scored 23 points in his last game. Josh Oglesby added 16 points and was perfect from the free-throw line, and both Jason Price and Kyle Schlaak also finished in double-figures.

No one on the team — besides May — was an explosive scorer, though, a season-long trend that finally caught up with Monica's.

Last Week: No 6

Player of the Week: Anthony Lee

Lee was sublime on Sunday as he threw down 35 points and corralled 21 boards.

His team lost, but the lefty showed an impressive offensive skill set. His versatility and athleticism are a rare combination, especially for a 6-9 player, and it will be fascinating to see what he does against Atlantic 10 competition when he suits up for Temple this season.

The DI's Prime Time rankings have been published every Tuesday. This week's rankings are subjective and reflect the expected order of finish in the Prime Time playoffs.

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