After 6 regular season games per team and two playoff rounds, the championship is set. But first, a statistical update!
Prime Time League Stats through 7/20
Regular Season Standings
1) LL Pelling: Jordan Bohannon/Ryan Kriener (5-1)
2) Culver's: Nicholas Baer/Isaiah Moss (5-1)
3) The Jill Armstrong Team: Ahmad Wagner/Christian Williams (3-3)
4) Marion Iron Company: Tyler Cook/Dom Uhl (2-4)
5) Vinton Merchants: Jack Nunge/Brady Ellingson (2-4)
6) Westport Touchless Autowash: Luka Garza/Maishe Dailey (1-5)
First Round Games
Garza/Dailey 104 - 96 Wagner/Williams
Garza posted 29 points with Wyatt Lohaus and Dailey adding 28 and 22, respectively, with summer league efficiency: 32/49. Wagner paced his team with 28 points as Williams added 18.
Nunge/Ellingson 86 - 74 Cook/Uhl
Nunge posted 34 points, as Ellingson added 15 on 5/9 3-point shooting. Cook’s 30 points on 15/22 shooting wasn’t enough as Uhl missed his 3rd game.
Nunge/Ellingson 100 - 89 Bohannon/Kriener
Nunge notched his sixth 30+ point game with 31 and Ellingson adding an efficient 26 on 18 shots. Kriener went down with a back injury after scoring 14 points in 8 minutes (according to message boards, it’s unclear if it was a dirty play of just a slippery floor) as Bohannon finished with 29, including 7/14 from three.
Garza/Dailey 78 - 64 Baer/Moss
Garza and Dailey posted matching DNPs, as Lohaus led their team with 22 points. Baer and Moss had their worst games, with 20 and 10 each on poor shooting.
That means we’ll see Nunge and Ellingson go against Garza and Dailey (if they’re able). In the previous matchups, all four guys have posted good numbers, with Garza going for 41 and 32 and Nunge putting up 35 and 31. Dailey and Ellingson scored 23/11 and 25/24 respectively. Nunge and Ellingson won both matchups.
It can be seen on Landof10’s Facebook page (according to the previously mentioned message board) and Tom Kakert of Hawkeye Report has streamed previous games on his Twitter feed, as well. The festivities start at 7:00 PM God’s Time at the North Liberty Community Center.
Odds and Ends
- Jeremiah Davis had an excellent story on Cordell Pemsl’s rehab. If you loved Pemsl before, it will only make you love him more after this. His positive mindset, experience rehabbing, and solid communication make him the ideal player going through rehab. Included in the piece is a picture of Pem jumping out of the pool - his least favorite workout - and he looks like he’s dropped a couple pounds of the baby fat he carried through his first year. Fran even mentioned he expects more explosion from his game.
- Jack Nunge has impressed everyone, including Tyler Cook after their playoff matchup. It blows my mind a 6’11” guy with guard skills in arguably the most talent-rich state could go unnoticed. What’s that, you say? 247 moved him to the #121 recruit (9 in Indiana) in the nation after he got on campus? /hand-on-chin emoji (H/T: StoopsMyAss)
- And finally, something to get your blood going on this fine Friday afternoon: CBS Sports posted a preseason Big Ten ranking and had Iowa 10th. 10th!!! I could go on for another 500 words about why this is the dumbest thing I’ve seen this offseason, but I’ll cut myself off as the ranker was clearly uneducated since he misspelled Pemsl’s name.