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PTL preview: 7/10/2014 games

Posted on 09. Jul, 2014 by in Iowa Basketball


By Brendan Stiles

Here’s a rundown of what Iowa basketball fans can expect Thursday evening with the three Prime Time League games taking place at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex in Waterloo:

L.L. Pelling/Comfort Care Medicare (1-2) vs. Vinton Merchants/Marion Iron Company (2-1), 6 p.m.

Both teams are coming off victories last week and in the case of Merchants/Iron, it still has a shot at earning a first-round bye when the playoffs start next week should it win this contest.

Merchants/Iron defeated Autowash/Homes 108-90 last week after receiving a 23-point performance from junior guard Mike Gesell. It also had a 17-point effort from incoming freshman forward Dominique Uhl in the win.

As for Pelling/Comfort Care, it picked up its first win of the summer last week after defeating BlendCard, 77-75. Although it was without the services of senior guard Josh Oglesby, it did have senior center Gabe Olaseni and he delivered with a 22-point, 16-rebound display.

BlendCard (0-3) vs. Culver’s/McCurry’s (2-1), 6 p.m.

BlendCard still seeks its first win of the summer, while Culver’s/McCurry’s looks to avoid entering next week’s playoffs on a two-game losing streak.

Last week, BlendCard came close to getting a win, but found itself on the wrong end of a 77-75 nail-biter against Pelling/Comfort Care. Despite losing though, it received its best performance of the summer from sophomore guard Peter Jok, who dropped 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting. It also got a 14-point, 7-rebound effort from junior walk-on Okey Ukah.

As for Culver’s/McCurry’s, it suffered its first loss of the summer last week when it lost to Armstrong, 102-78. It received a double-double from Aaron White, but he will not be playing for Culver’s/McCurry’s Thursday night as he is currently participating in the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas. However, Culver’s/McCurry’s will have incoming sophomore guard Trey Dickerson, who had 16 points and nine assists in his PTL debut last week.

Westport Touchless Autowash/IAHomesForSale (1-2) vs. Jill Armstrong of Skogman Realty (3-0), 7:30 p.m.

Armstrong has a chance to secure the top seed in next week’s playoffs, while Autowash/Homes looks to avoid entering the playoffs on a two-game losing streak.

Autowash/Homes is coming off a 108-90 loss to Merchants/Iron where it did received another stellar performance from Adam Woodbury. The junior center finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds. On Thursday, Autowash/Homes will be looking for a better shooting performance from junior guard Anthony Clemmons, who only had three points on 1-of-10 shooting last week in what was his first game of the summer.

As for Armstrong, it’s coming off a 102-78 win over Culver’s/McCurry’s where junior forward Jarrod Uthoff was nothing short of dominant. Uthoff shot 13-of-23 from the floor to finish with 29 points and also tallied 16 rebounds in the victory. How he fares with Woodbury in the paint defending will be intriguing to watch Thursday.


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