Marial Shayok goes off in Capital City debut

Nick Weiler-Babb prepares to shoot during the first YMCA Capital City League games in West Des Moines on June 15.

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Game 1: Weiler-Babb nearly triple-double’s in a half

Final: Doerrfeld Promotions 116, JayTees Apparel 97

In the opening game of the 2017 season, it was a battle between the local players as Iowa State athletes were not present from either team at the start of the game.

Just as it looked like there wouldn’t be any Cyclones in game one, Nick Weiler-Babb walked in the door.

Weiler-Babb checked in with 2:38 to play in the first half, and looked like his old self right away.

The Arlington, Texas native, who nearly averaged a triple-double last season, was a point and an assist shy of earning one Thursday.

He finished with nine points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists.

Drake’s DeAntae McMurray lead the team with 41 points and Bulldog newcomer Jalen Gibbs added 21.

Game 2: Arogundade leads Hannah Homes over Jackson’s Hinterland Squad

Final: Hannah Homes 116, Hinterland 112

It was a night of bricks for Iowa State’s Donovan Jackson as the Hinterland Music Festival squad was downed by Hannah Homes.

Jackson was 8-23 for an uncharacteristic 34% from behind the three-point line. While he scored 47 points, it took him 41 shots to get there.

On the other side of things, Drake’s Ore Arogundade lead Hannah Homes with 52 points. 

Following the game Arogundade made a bold claim and said, “we’re going to win the league this year.”

Charley Crowley helped Arogundade with 18 points of his own and 10 rebounds.

Game 3: Shayok’s impressive debut

Final: Des Moines Outreach Lions Club 148, Sparta Waste Services 129

Virginia transfer Marial Shayok surprised fans in the CCL crowd on Thursday when he erupted for 52 points in a loss.

Shayok, coming from a defensive-minded program in Virginia, was the purest shooter in the gym all night.

However, his performance wasn’t enough to get his team the win.

The trio of Drake’s Reed Timmer, Nick McGlynn, and DMACC’s Wali Parks combined to score 103 points to lead their team to victory.