Georges Niang, Matt Thomas lead charge for Cyclones at Capital City


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Georges Niang goes up for a basket during a Capital City League game on June 24. Niang scored 37 points Thursday night in his return from attending the Nike Basketball Academy.  

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Wednesday evening’s round of Capital City League games was a bust for Cyclone fans hoping to see all their favorite ISU players.

Jameel McKay, Monté Morris, Deonte Burton, Hallice Cooke, Adbel Nader, Jordan Ashton and Nick Noskowiak all sat out of the evening’s contests.

Former Cyclones Kourtlin Jackson and Daniel Edozie both treated fans to big games in the absence of most of the current Cyclones.

The final game, however, featured a pair of Cyclones squaring off against each other. Georges Niang and Matt Thomas highlighted the evening as they went head to head.

Game 1: Phoenix Renewable Resources 130, Walnut Creek YMCA 117

Former Cyclone Kourtlin Jackson kept his hot streak going as he dropped 50 points for Phoenix Renewable Resources in the win. Jackson was without teammate Morris.

YMCA was missing McKay and its only other ISU athlete, Nick Babb, arrived late and missed the first 13 minutes of the game.

With no warm-up time, Weiler-Babb was never able to get into a rhythm, scoring 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting in the loss.

Game 2: Hannah Homes 91, Renaissance Granite 81

Both offenses struggled to score points in this matchup, as neither team had go-to scorers on the court. Hannah Homes was without Burton and Cooke, and Renaissance Granite was missing Nader.

Edozie highlighted the game with a 20-20 performance. The big man had 20 points and 20 rebounds in the loss.

Game 3: ADIO Chiropractic 140, Capital Ortho 120

The main event of the evening featured a pair of current Cyclones going at it. Niang’s ADIO Chiropractic got the best of Thomas’ Capital Ortho this time around.

While his team may have lost, Thomas edged out Niang on the stat sheet, scoring 38 points to Niang’s 37.


-Capital City League will be off the rest of the week for the Fourth of July. The league will resume play July 8.

-Capital City League playoffs will begin July 10 and continue July 12.