It was supposed to be a collision between the top two overall picks of the Prime Time League in Week One on Thursday, but when Jarrod Uthoff was announced as inactive shortly before game time, it became Adam Woodbury’s night.
Woodbury scored 19 points for the Jill Armstrong team at Skogman Reality, also swallowing 22 rebounds and dishing out six assists. The Iowa 7-footer stoler the show, but he was not without help, and the 91-82 victory was not without difficulty.
The lead has stretched to fifteen shortly after halftime when Dom Uhl led a comeback for Westport Touchless/Beat the Bookstore. Uhl scored a chunk of his 27 in a short time to cut the the lead to 54-51. Without Uthoff, however, coach Randy Larson didn’t have enough on his bench to close the gap.
Uhl & Larson never claimed the lead, and Woodbury largely cruised to a comfortable win.
Luckily, Uthoff’s absence should not be overly-concerning.
“He just tweaked his ankle,” said sports information director Matthew Weitzel. “If it was a game in the regular season he probably would’ve played.”
Larson expects Uthoff back on the floor next week.
Hawkeye point guards Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons were matched up this week as well, and Gesell seems to have gotten the last laugh in their first meeting.
Clemmons scored 13 points to go along with eight assists and seven rebounds, and Northern Iowa’s Jeremy Morgan contributed 16 points for Culver’s/Vinton Merchants, but Gesell and Panther Matt Bohannon were too much to handle.
Gesell had game highs of 26 points and nine assists, and very much enjoyed the company of Bohannon stretching the defense on the perimeter. Last summer’s PTL surprise had 24 points, including a pair of clutch threes in a comeback effort in the final minutes, and also four rebounds and four assists en route to an 89-87 victory.
The nightcap, to be put kindly, was a blowout. Jones Gym at the North Liberty Community Center began with hundreds of spectators when Blendcard/McCurry’s tipped off with Linn County Anesthesiologists, but was noticeably vacated by the end of the 127-83 drudging.
It all happened so fast, nobody’s exactly sure how it started. Peter Jok shot 7-of-8 from three on his way to 26 points, and the score was 71-35 at halftime. Northern Iowa’s Ted Friedman scored 27, and fellow Panther Wyatt Lohaus (who has a very impressive handle on the ball, by the way) chipped in with 17.
Iowa freshman Ahmad Wagner scored 11 points and had four assists with two rebounds as well.