Newcomers Tre Jackson and Rasir Bolton make their marks at YMCA Cap City League


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Iowa State freshman guard Tre Jackson drives towards the basket during the first semifinal game during the 2019 YMCA Capital City League tournament at Valley High School in West Des Moines on July 21. Jackson’s team would win the game 130-124. 

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After finishing in fifth place out of six teams in the 2019 YMCA Capital City League regular season, the MRG International team defeated the three-seeded Waukee-Clive Vet Clinic 115-109.

The YMCA Cap City League is a summer basketball league where Iowa State, Drake and other collegiate players can play against former collegiate and professional players along with high school players.

Javan Johnson, an Iowa State sophomore forward, led MRG International in scoring with 23 points on eight for 13 shooting, three for eight beyond the 3-point line and four for five at the free-throw line.

Another Cyclone forward that played well for MRG International was junior Terrance Lewis, who earned a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Iowa State freshman guard Tre Jackson led the Vet Clinic with 24 points on nine for 30 shooting from the field and six for 19 from behind the three-point line.

Jackson earned the 2019 YMCA Capital City League MVP honor which was voted on by fans.

Iowa State junior forward Solomon Young earned the defensive MVP honor and Rasir Bolton, a transfer from Penn State, won the dunk contest.

Before getting to the championship game, each team had to win a semifinal game.

In its semifinal against the two-seeded Walnut Creek YMCA team, Vet Clinic won 130-124.

For Vet Clinic, Jackson and Iowa State sophomore center George Conditt IV both had double-doubles, the second of the night for the latter.

Jackson scored 40 points on 45% shooting and dished out 13 assists.

Conditt IV scored 30 points on 13 for 21 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Iowa State sophomore guard Rasir Bolton led the Walnut Creek team in scoring with 63 points on 23 for 33 shooting, 11 for 16 from beyond the three-point line, six for six from the free-throw line and also earned a double-double with 12 rebounds.

MRG International defeated one-seeded Des Moines Lions Club 112-102 in the semifinals.

Johnson and Lewis led MRG International in scoring with 65 points combined between the two of them.

Johnson scored 38 points, shot 16 for 25 from the field, six for 11 from behind the three-point line and earned a double-double as he snatched 12 rebounds against the Lions Club.

Lewis scored 27 points on 12 for 25 shooting and shot one for five from beyond the three-point line.

While success at the Cap City League doesn’t always guarantee success, last years MVP, Tyrese Haliburton, went on to be a starting player for Iowa State last season.