Close games, plenty of scoring highlight day two of the Capital City League


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

Ben Visser

Day two of the YMCA Capital City League resumed Friday evening at a packed Valley High School gym in West Des Moines.

After a triple header of fast-paced, high-scoring basketball on Wednesday, Friday’s triple-header was more of the same. Here’s a breakdown of how the current members of the ISU men’s basketball team did in the games.

Game 1: Phoenix Renewable Recources 103, ADIO Chiropractic 96

The first game of the night featured junior guard Monté Morris with Phoenix Renewable against senior forward Georges Niang with ADIO Chiropractic.

Morris finished the night scoring 27 points, shooting 12-for-28 from the floor and 3-for-11 from beyond the arc. He also pulled down a total of 12 rebounds: six offensive and six defensive.

Morris also dished out six assists with one turnover and picked up two steals.

Niang was the star of the game scoring 38 points, shooting 15-for-23 from the field and 4-for-10 from three-point range, missing just two shots inside the arc.

Niang grabbed 14 rebounds while also blocking two shots and recording two assists.

Junior college walk-on Jordan Ashton also played well for ADIO Chiropractic. Ashton scored 19, shooting 4-for-7 from three after going 6-for-8 on Wednesday from beyond the arc.

Game 2: Capital Orthopedics 105, Renaissance Granite & Quartz 76

Both Capital Orthopedics and Renaissance Granite & Quartz were without one of their ISU players, Matt Thomas and Abdel Nader, respectively.

Freshmen guard commit Nick Noskowiak was the only current ISU player in the game, playing for Capital Orthopedics.

Noskowiak played well, scoring 24 point with some help shooting 6-for-15 from three-point range. He also grabbed four rebounds and recorded four assists.

Game 3: Hannah Homes 116, Walnut Creek YMCA 110 (OT)

Game 3 was maybe the best and most entertaining game of the night. The game was tied 107-107 when the regulation buzzer sounded, sending the game into a three-minute overtime period.

Walnut Creek YMCA was without senior center/forward Jameel McKay and Hannah Homes was without sophomore guard Hallice Cooke.

The teams traded punches throughout the game with transfer Nick Babb finishing with 28 points shooting 4-for-9 from beyond the arc and also recording 12 rebounds.

Babb continued to show his defensive prowess, recording two steals and three blocks.

Not to be outdone, Deonte Burton had another impressive game, scoring 30 points while also pulling down 12 rebounds.

Showing off his leaping ability, once more to ISU fans, Burton threw down more dunks, the highlight being a windmill dunk after beating the defense.

Burton continued his trash talk from Wednesday night, chatting with Babb throughout the game.

Babb fouled out in the overtime period and Deonte Burton made sure he knew, yelling “Left. Right. Left. Right. Left. Right…” as Babb made his way to the bench.

The YMCA Capital City League will resume with another triple-header at 4:30 p.m on Sunday at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School.