NORTH LIBERTY — For the past three seasons, Anthony Clemmons has been able to call himself a Prime Time League champion.
But the Iowa junior’s team was down 101-96 with three minutes left last night in this season’s title game at the North Liberty Community Center. So Clemmons kept shooting and scored 10 of his 26 points down the stretch to seal a come-from-behind victory against Iowa teammate Aaron White’s team, 114-11.
win for his squad last night, taking down Aaron White’s team — coached by Ron Nove — 114-111.
Clemmons’ team, coached by Prime Time League commissioner Randy Larson, had its back against the wall most of the game and trailed by seven points at halftime.
Clemmons said a key moment came when his team had an inbounds play with seven seconds left on the shot clock. With his team ahead by four points, Larson called for Clemmons to get the ball. The Michigan native took the pass and fired in a 3-point to put the team up three scores as time wound down.
“Randy called it for me,” Clemmons said. “He said, ‘Seven seconds, Sap.’ I learned growing up you get your number called, you better get that basket.”
And winning back-to-back-to-back championships hasn’t humbled the Iowa point guard. He said he’s been trash-talking to his Iowa teammates since league play began this summer. This title also earned him bragging rights over White and Iowa guard Trey Dickerson, who found themselves on the losing end of the championship.
“I am going to try and make it four next year,” Clemmons said. “I’ve been talking about this since I got on campus, talking junk to my teammates in the locker room. I love to win. I hate losing more than I like winning.”
White did as much as he could to put a losing taste in Clemmons’ mouth, leading his team with 37 points and 22 rebounds. Larson’s team, however, had balance with four players scoring more than 20 points.
“What a clutch performance at the end,” Larson said. “(Clemmons) knocked that three down with seven seconds left on the shot clock. ... Look at the box score. It’s great tribute to how those guys play together.”
Despite those bragging rights, Clemmons said he’s glad he plays alongside White and not against him during the college season.
“Aaron is the only one besides me who has won multiple times, but 37 and 22, what more can you say about that? He does so many things,” Clemmons said. “He has developed himself into an NBA player. His game has gotten so much better, to be able to play alongside him, and feed him the ball is pretty amazing.”