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Logic’s leadership keeping Anderson’s team alive

BY CHARLES GREEN | JULY 15, 2014 5:00 AM

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In the Game Time League, leadership is crucial, because players from different schools are challenged to come together with unfamiliar teammates to reach a common goal.

Coaches can only provide so much; a veteran presence on the court can transform talent into success.

With the playoffs beginning Wednesday, coach Clark Anderson’s players aren’t worried about their last-place finish in the regular season. With point guard Sam Logic running the show, Anderson’s group could upset Joe Johnston’s team if for no other reason than because Logic is so good at distributing the ball.

“You have to be able to see the floor; that’s the most important thing,” Logic said. “Knowing where your teammates are, where they can knock shots down, and putting them in a position to succeed is all you can really do.

“I just love playing. Putting people in position to score and be successful is my favorite thing to do.”

It just so happens that her favorite thing to do is what she does best. Logic averaged 10.3 assists in the regular season and consistently set up her teammates with open looks throughout games.

For a team that loves to push the ball in transition, Logic is the perfect floor general. She has an unmatched ability to see the whole floor and deliver the ball to open teammates.

Her athleticism and aggressive style make her hard enough to defend. She drives to the basket with incredible speed and force, often beating defenders down the floor or off the dribble and drawing extra defenders in to stop her.

When Logic draws defenders in to protect the rim, she dishes out pinpoint strikes to open teammates — often without even looking in their direction.

“It’s humbling to play against her,” Northern Iowa guard Moran Lonning said. “I got faked out a couple times pretty bad. Playing against people like that keeps you honest as a defender.”

Logic has as strong of a motor as they come, averaging 25 points and 9.7 rebounds per game — nearly giving her a triple-double average for the season. If defenders get too caught up in her ability to attack the basket, Logic does not hesitate to show off her long-range shooting.

“When she drives in, she’s either going to finish it or lay it to someone for the easy basket,” Lonning said. “But if I sag off and take away her drive, she’ll hit the 3 or mid-range shot.”

Last week, Logic and Company had their hands full against Lonning and incoming Iowa freshman Chase Coley. Coley dropped 40 points as her team bested Anderson’s, but the future Hawkeye is glad that her days playing against Logic are numbered.

“She’s really helpful, and she’s really good at setting people up,” Coley said. “When she has the ball, you know something good is going to happen.”

Logic, who admires passing point guards such as Steve Nash, Chris Paul, and Lindsay Whalen, knows the time is now for her team to live up to its potential.

“It’s win or go home now,” Logic said. “We know this will be our last game if we don’t bring it.”


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