Adam Woodbury could very well end up winning Prime Time League MVP honors, but on Thursday night, Dondre Alexander blurred the distinction of who was the most valuable player for the Jill Armstrong Team of Skogman Reality.
Woodbury scored 31 points on 13-of-18 from the floor, also grabbing 13 rebounds, but it was Alexander who made the biggest impact in the 105-102 victory over the Marion Iron Company.
Alexander scored 26 points, and also accrued 12 rebounds and 10 assists. His team led by 10 briefly in the first half, but after falling behind due to some hot shooting by Marion Iron, Alexander had to pull his team back on both ends.
In addition to his offensive numbers, Alexander was also tasked with manning up Iowa freshman Andrew Fleming. Fleming scored 37 points in the game, but Alexander largely slowed him down in the second half. He also had seven assists and seven rebounds.
“We switched Dondre on to Fleming in the second half and took him out of the game,” head coach Dam Ahrens said. “That was my fault, we should’ve switched earlier, but that changed the game.”
Brady Ellingson also had 22 points in the losing effort for Marion Iron, their first loss of the summer.
Hawkeyes Peter Jok and Ahmad Wagner also suffered their first loss of the summer for Linn County Anesthesiologists, 83-69, at the hands of Anthony Clemmons and Culver’s/Vinton Merchants.
Jok scored 14 points while Wagner had 13 and eleven rebounds, but Clemmons came out as the aggressor and scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting overall, 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. He also had eight assists, allowing Matt Lassen to score 17, Jeremy Morgan to score 13, and Nicholas Baer to score 12.
The nightcap appeared on paper to be one of the more intriguing matchups of the summer, with Mike Gesell and Matt Bohannon of L.L. Pelling/Comfort Care taking on Jarrod Uthoff and Dom Uhl of Westport Touchless/Beat the Bookstore.
The game was tied at 38 at halftime, but Uhl led an early second half charge which would position his team to hold a lead for the rest of the game. Gesell and Bohannon scored 49 points and shot 50-percent from distance, but Uhl worked the midrange game for 35 points on 14-of-23 from the floor, and also grabbed 16 rebounds.
Uthoff didn’t take over this game, but still turned in 22 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, en route to a 100-91 victory.
Despite the loss, Gesell turned in his second consecutive spectacular performance with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.