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Array of games highlight Prime Time's Week 3

BY DOMINICK WHITE | JUNE 28, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Prime Time League early contest Thursday night in North Liberty featured a matchup among five Iowa basketball players. Zach McCabe’s team took on Peter Jok and Company in an action-packed contest — ultimately, McCabe’s team came out with a 96-91 victory.

McCabe’s squad jumped out to an early 12-2 lead behind the senior’s hot hand from beyond the arc. The squad extended the lead to 27-11 behind the strong interior play of Gabe Olaseni and former upper Iowa forward Tucker Wentzien.

But Jok’s squad answered with a 13-4 run, closing within 7 points. The first half ended with Jok making three free throws, and the team trailed just 43-35 at the intermission.

A heated matchup between the two Iowa big men stole the show in the second half. Adam Woodbury and Olaseni went basket-for-basket, giving fans a glimpse of the competition that will take place in the paint during the 2013-14 campaign.

“We play against each other every day, so we know what each other brings,” Woodbury said. “He’s a tough matchup, so it’s always good to go up against guys like that.”

Olaseni displayed an offensive arsenal with a confident shot to go with his stout defense. But Woodbury retaliated with his improved strength, finishing through contact and giving the Olaseni all he could handle down low.

“We’re always competing with each other,” Olaseni said. “He’s one of my best friends. I think healthy competition is always good.”

Hawkeye sophomore Mike Gesell highlighted one of the later contests when his team took down coach Kevin Sanders’ squad, 107-87. Sanders’ team was, again, without Iowa hoops players Devyn Marble and Josh Oglesby.

Missed shots and turnovers defined the sloppy first half; neither team could consistently put the ball through the hoop. Gesell produced 23 points, 8 assists, and 5 boards, which helped his team find a second-half rhythm and secure the victory.

Anthony Clemmons and Jared Uthoff fueled their team to a 130-103 victory in the third game of the night. They were the undisputed best players on the court, and it was apparent from the opening tip.

Uthoff showcased the sound, fundamental skills that make up his arsenal, registering 15 points and 8 rebounds. His ability to affect the game in more ways than the stats will show — he became the focus of the opposing defense, which was shorthanded due to the absences of Aaron White and Darius Stokes.

Clemmons continued to impress observers during what has been a strong summer for him. He looked more confident when shooting from the outside, connecting on 6-of-9 3-point field goals en route to collecting 29 points, 12 assists, and 8 rebounds.

“I have to be confident,” Clemmons said. “As long as I come in with good confidence level, I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a good game.”

Uthoff and Clemmons have established themselves as a formidable duo in just three games so far this summer — they’ve led coach Randy Larson’s team to an undefeated start in this year’s Prime Time League.

“I talked to him the very first game and said we’re going to run the league,” Clemmons said. “That’s what we’re doing right now.”


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