NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa - The Prime Time League playoffs never will confused with the Big Ten. The action still can get intense in the summer league, however.
A team led by Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble and Josh Oglesby mixed it up with and outlasted a squad piloted by Hawkeyes Adam Woodbury and Kyle Meyer, 90-85. The season ended for the losers.
"I would have liked to have won this game right here," Woodbury said. "I'm pretty upset about that. I thought we had it."
Marble took over the game down the stretch en route to 26 points, six assists and four rebounds. The senior said it was good practice for what will be expected of him this upcoming season. He also said it was the most physical PTL game in which he'd ever been involved.
"When it gets to the latter part of the second half, you can tell guys pick it up," Marble said. "We're still competitive (in the summer). We're still going to play hard.
"I want to be one up on Wood(bury). I don't want Wood to be one up on me. Now I can talk trash at him."
Oglesby added eight points and six assists to the winning effort. Woodbury compiled 27 points and eight rebounds while Meyer went for 14 and four.
The team with Marble and Oglesby advanced to play one led by fellow Hawkeyes Zach McCabe and Gabe Olaseni in the semifinals on Thursday night.
In Sunday's other quarterfinal, Iowa guard Mike Gesell notched 32 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead his team to a 96-88 win. That set up a meeting with Hawkeye teammates Jarrod Uthoff and Anthony Clemmons in Thursday's semis.
Bragging rights again will be on the line.
"It's kind of like the (NBA) all-star games where it starts out kind of slow and then when it gets to the later part of the game everybody is trying to win," Marble said. "The competitive nature comes out of everybody. That's kind of what's happening here."
Iowa freshman Peter Jok, who plays on Woodbury's team, missed Sunday's game with a strained knuckle ligament on his left hand. He said he re-aggravated the injury originally suffered in May in PTL action last week. He said he should be healed in approximately two weeks and should be full strength when the Hawkeyes head overseas next month.
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