Woodbury crashes the glass

BY CARLOS SOSA | JUNE 25, 2012 6:30 AM

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Rebounding is vital to having a strong defense and a potent offense. Incoming Hawkeye freshman Adam Woodbury showed flashes of his rebounding dominance when he powered his Prime Time League team to a win on Sunday.

Woodbury stayed active the whole game for Vinton/Gatens. He finished the game with a double-double and also led head coach Randy Larson's team in rebounding.

"I just have to keep going after them [rebounds]," Woodbury said. "Have to keep rebounding and staying active. If you don't, that one rebound you miss might cost you the game."

Sunday showed why Woodbury is going to be crucial to Iowa's success this coming season. His ability to rebound on the offensive end gives his team more second-chance opportunities at the net. The 6-11 center is expected to make an impact in the Big Ten.

"He's a great passer," Josh Oglesby said. "He's big, so other teams have to respect him. He's in there to affect the game defensively, grab rebounds, and affect people's shots."

Woodbury is a presence in the paint and forces players to think twice when they want to attack the rim. The more jump shots he forces, the more potential rebounds he can grab.

"He's so big that he can just grab those rebounds," Zach McCabe said. "He also doesn't just look for his shot, he looks for other people's, too."

Both McCabe and Oglesby benefited from Woodbury's strong game in the paint. Oglesby had an impressive game, going 6-of-9 from 3-point range. The sophomore-to-be scored 20 points on the game and dished out 6 assists.

McCabe finished with a double-double of his own for Larson's team, scoring 22 points, grabbing 10 rebounds.

Most impressive, however, was McCabe's 3-pointer to seal the win. Just over four minutes remained, and Vinton/Gatens was making a run. But McCabe stopped a potentially bad play and turned it into a good one.

"We almost had a turnover, and it was open, so I took it," McCabe said. "I had confidence, and it got us going at the end of the game.

McCabe's shot put his team up, 84-76, and stopped any chance of Culver's/Ready Mix making a comeback.

Led by Hawkeyes Aaron White and Eric May, Culver's/Ready Mix played well but couldn't close the game out.

White played well against a slew of his teammates. He finished with 22 points, grabbed 7 boards, and chipped in 3 assists. The Black and Gold star struggled at times to find his shot, however.

No one on the Culver's could stop Woodbury, and head coach Ron Nove's team suffered from a poor offensive rebounding day.

"We didn't get stops, and we got beat up on the glass," White said. "We also didn't have an answer for Woodbury. Hopefully, we can come back next Sunday and get a win."

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