Tennis and basketball couldn't be two different sports, but seeing Georges Niang on the court can bring to mind Andy Roddick: Big guys, big personalities, lots of intensity, lots of talk and lots of laughs.
And for Niang, lots of talent.
Niang started the YMCA Capital City League strongest among incoming freshmen, and he hasn't let up. Friday, he scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, helping Patch.com to a 129-101 victory over Peak Performance at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School.
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Kerwin Okoro started to show signs of shaking off the rust in only his second League game, going 8 of 15 for 18 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.
Drake's Richard Carter led all scorers, with 40, and Tyrus McGee added 23.
For Peak, Bubu Palo led the way with 23 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 9 assists, many of them from some impressive inside passing.
Nazareth Long had 17 points and Cameron Fowler 16 for ADIO Chiropractic. With 42 from John Lamb of Dakota State University, ADIO defeated Coca-Cola, 106-91.
Sherron Dorsey Walker scored 24 for Coke.
Capital Orthopaedics defeated Walnut Creek YMCA, 119-104. After scoring 63 points and 48 points his previous two games, Will Clyburn put down a "mere" 38 for the YMCA, never mind that he had 15 rebounds.
For Capital, Drake's Ben Simons and Gary Ricks Jr., had 35 and 28, respectively, and Percey Gibson finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
The league takes a break for the holiday. When it returns July 8 at 4:30 p.m., games move for three weeks to Valley High School.
Capital Orthopaedics 4-2
ADIO Chiropractic 3-3
Walnut Creek YMCA 2-4
Peak Performance 2-4