Game Time Playoffs set to begin

BY CHARLES GREEN | JULY 16, 2014 5:00 AM

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A fresh start is upon the teams of Game Time League — they are now faced with a win-and-advance scenario.

The playoffs will begin this evening with Brian Joens’ team taking on Pat McCool’s team and then Clark Anderson’s team playing Joe Johnston’s.

Finishing with a record of 1-3, Anderson’s team will be out to prove the regular season was just a fluke and not indicative of how the players’ talent.

“I think it’s been defense,” Iowa point guard Sam Logic said. “To be able to push the ball, which is our strength, you have to make stops so you can grab the board and go.”

Getting stops has been easier said than done against Johnston’s center Bethany Doolittle: The 6-4 Hawkeye has averaged 28 points per game. Whether Anderson’s center, Ali Browning, can contain Doolittle will be the deciding factor in the matchup.

After starting the regular season at 2-0, McCool’s team has dropped its last two games. Facing a 1-3 finisher coached by Joens may not be as easy as it sounds. Joens’ team has a distinct size advantage, led by 6-4 Iowa center Nicole Smith.

“Definitely, rebounding is going to be a huge thing for us,” Iowa forward Kali Peschel said. “Our post defense will be tested, since we really don’t have a true post presence.”

Peschel and incoming Iowa point guard Whitney Jennings have been a formidable duo for McCool so far this season, but it will take a complete team effort to defeat Joens’ bigger squad. Still, the mindset is right for McCool’s team.

“We’re going to win,” Jennings said. “I think that has to be the mentality heading into the playoffs.”

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