There were three good games on the schedule for the June 25 edition of the Prime Time League, and competitively speaking, they lived up to their potential.
One game stole the show, however. Or rather, one man. In the bout between coach Dan Ahrens’ team and coach Brendan Unkrich’s squad, Iowa’s Mike Gesell for Unkrich put on a performance that may not be surpassed by any player for the rest of the summer.
Gesell finished with 52 points in an overtime victory for Unkrich, along with 10 assists and 5 rebounds. To grasp his domination, it should be noted that the point guard had as many rebounds as he had missed shots. He shot 19-of-23 from the floor, 3-of-4 from 3 land, and 11-of-12 from the free-throw line.
Thanks to a 23-point, 20-rebound performance from Adam Woodbury for Ahrens, the game was tightly contested and went to overtime.
In the overtime period, Gesell came out on a tear. He scored the first 6 points of the period, and with Northern Iowa’s Matt Bohannon scoring 41 points alongside him, Unkrich had too much firepower.
“We went into overtime, and that’s when you need your leaders to step up,” Gesell said. “It felt like it was time for Matt Bohannon and me to take over.”
It was a similar story in the game between coach Kevin Sanders’ squad and Randy Larson’s team, which was tightly contested into the final minutes.
Former Hawkeye Melsahn Basabe had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Sanders, and incoming juco transfer Dale Jones had 18 points and 7 rebounds and shot 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. But it was not enough to spoil Jarrod Uthoff’s return from a minor ankle injury.
Uthoff scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a 103-97 victory for Larson and was aided by a breakout performance from former Iowa City West standout David DiLeo, who had 26 points.
The theme continued into the nightcap, as Ron Nove’s and Jess Settles’ teams played yet another barn-burner down to the final minutes.
Hawkeyes Anthony Clemmons and Nicholas Baer led the way for Nove, with Clemmons scoring 18 points and Baer leading with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Settles, however, is one of the most volatile offenses in the league and got the best of Nove on June 25.
Matt Gatens scored 25 points, with 6 assists and 4 rebounds, Wes Washpun had 21 points with 7 assists and 8 rebounds, and Iowa freshman Andrew Fleming put on yet another shooting display, scoring 23 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. This was well-played basketball, particularly for a summer league, and this team will be dangerous.