Monté Morris expands game en route to triple-double


The 2015 Capital City League kicked into gear Wednesday night in West Des Moines, and there was no shortage of offense.  

Chris Wolff

The third round of Capital City League action was a wild one, featuring a Monté Morris triple-double, one team putting up 140 points and Hallice Cooke’s 2015 CCL debut.

The night was highlighted by the final game of the evening, which saw Matt Thomas score 39 points and hit nine 3-pointers, including a late-game, go-ahead 3-pointer that would serve as the eventual game-winning bucket. 

Phoenix Renewable Resources 122, Renaissance Granite 94

Phoenix Renewable Resources easily handled Renaissance Granite in game one of Sunday night’s Capital City League, powered by Morris’ triple-double performance. Morris poured in 32 points, 12 assists and 10 boards in the win.

Morris was aided by former Cyclone Kourtlin Jackson, who dropped in 30 points of his own for the win.

Renaissance Granite was once again without Abdel Nader and was also missing former ISU player Daniel Edozie. The shorthanded team relied on Drake’s Reed Timmer, who led the way with 30 points in the losing effort.

ADIO Chiropractic 140, Walnut Creek YMCA 109

ISU walk-on Jordan Ashton led the way for ADIO as he cashed in on seven-of-10 3-point shots and led all scorers with 33 points.

Ashton had plenty of help, however, as ADIO had eight of its nine players put up double-digit points in the win. The lone player to not reach double-digit scoring was former ISU football and basketball player Austin McBeth, who came up just shy of double digits, but still scored eight points in the win.

Georges Niang put up 12 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for ADIO. Nick Babb was never able to get going for YMCA, scoring only eight points on 3-of-12 shooting. Jameel McKay sat out again for YMCA. McKay has not yet played in the league this season.

Capital Ortho 120, Hannah Homes 117

After two blowouts, the third and final game of the evening was easily the best game of the night. Hallice Cooke made his 2015 Capital City debut and scored 21 points, seven assists and six boards, and hit seven 3-pointers on 17 attempts.

He was joined by teammate Deonte Burton, who scored 31 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked five shots.

Despite Burton’s stellar performance, Matt Thomas and Capital Ortho got the win. Thomas shouldered the load with 39 points, on 9-of-17 shooting from behind the line, including the eventual game-winner.

Quick hits

– Jordan Ashton’s hot 3-point shooting continued with a 7-for-10 performance Sunday evening. Through three Capital City League games, Ashton has hit on 17-of-25 attempts from behind the line. Summer league defense is sub-par, but shooting 3-pointers at a 68 percent clip is nothing to sneeze at.

– Matt Thomas dropped 39 points and hit nine 3-pointers, including the go-ahead bucket late in the game.

– After sitting out the first two games, Hallice Cooke made his 2015 Capital City League debut. He put up 21 points, seven assists and six boards in a losing effort.

– Reigning Capital City League MVP Jameel McKay sat out once again. He has yet to make an appearance in the league this summer.