To the casual basketball observer at the Utah Summer Games, Doug Gregg and Ron Boone don't belong in the same league, let alone on the same team.
Most folks know of Boone, whose pro career included playing with the ABA Utah Stars and the NBA Los Angeles Lakers and whose profession of late is basketball commentator with the Utah Jazz and KISN radio. Obviously, fewer folks would be acquainted with the 54-year-old Gregg, let alone know that he's made his career selling insurance in Salt Lake City.With that in mind, why on earth is Gregg out on the court playing on the Pronautilus team in the men's masters-division competition? Well, for starters, it is Gregg's team.
Pronautilus is an extension of sorts of Gregg's wintertime team that competes in the East Mill Creek league. And Gregg is an integral part of his own squad.
"He's a heckuva shooter from outside," said Boone. "It's a funny-looking shot, but he's perfected it."
That funny-looking shot was good for eight treys - a number from beyond the NBA's 3-point standards - and a game-high 28 points Thursday as Pronautilus romped over Cedar City 104-80.
Gregg kiddingly claims his shot was imitated by ex-NBA star Jamaal Wilkes, also known for his awkward release. "It's my shot and he copied it."
But don't let the unorthodox form fool you. Gregg has a hoops heyday in his background - 1954 league MVP as a high schooler in Kinston, N.C., an annual honor that latter was given to Cornbread Maxwell and Dominique Wilkins. And he starred at Atlantic Christian College in an East Coast conference that would later produce the likes of John Drew and Lloyd (World B.) Free.
But there's no need for Gregg to do all the name-dropping to earn his keep - he is the reigning 3-point king of recreational-league fame in Salt Lake.
"To be my age and to have these guys letting my play out there is a thrill," said Gregg.
But, of course, they're going to let him play - it's his team, you know.
With semifinal play in the winners' bracket scheduled for Friday, consolation action continued Thursday night. Snow/Southwick's eliminated Bourn's, with Craig Rydalch scoring 23 for Snow and Kevin Nixon and Kendall Youngblood finishing with 32 and 25 points, respectively, for Bourn's.
You can consider Friday's gold-medal game between Emery and Rags as a belated state prep championship of sorts, since Emery won the 2A title and Rags is comprised in part by members of the 4A champion Bingham team.
Rags advanced by beating Roy 96-76, as Justyn Tebbs poured in four 3-pointers en route to 26 points and Kenneth Roberts added 19; Chad Bovero scored 20 for Roy. And Emery romped over Logan 77-53, with Steve Gordon pouring in 30 from the outside and Shawn Bradley adding another 20 from the inside; Logan's Robby Peterson and Kenny Sorensen had 10 each.
In consolation play, Rocky Mountain Hoops (Timpview) outlasted Richfield, with Scott Lambert and Richard Jackson each finishing with 24 for Hoops while Ryan Cuff scored 25 for Richfield. Hoops advances to Friday's bronze-medal game against the Bears (Cyprus), which went overtime to beat Mountain View 82-79. Darrin Privett redeemed several missed free throws in overtime with his game-winning, buzzer-beating, 30-foot running heaver.
Besides Gregg's scoring, Pronautilus' 104-80 victory over Cedar City was aidded by another 26 points by Clyde Baker and 20 by Boone; Cedar's Rod Coslett scored 22.
In other games, Wildcats of Ogden downed Central Region's Celtics 86-83 behind a 27-point outing by Willie Sojourner; Bob Church scored 22 to pace Provo's Merrill Lynch over Sunrise Engineers 92-71; and '88 gold-medalist Ringers advanced by forfeit.
In other games, the Lady Birds of SUSC and Cedar City held off a alte rally by Bruins of Salt Lake City for a 64-63; and the UVCC-oriented Stahle's Quint edged theformer Utah and BYU collegians comprising Rebels of SLC 66-61; Kim Snarr scored 25 for Stahle's, while Reggie Wright hd a game-high 28 for the Rebels. Central Region's Sawyer and North's All-American had first-round byes.
Mountain View eliminated the Lady Bears of Bear River 68-32 to advance to Friday's championship against the winner of the Aces and Provo-Timpview game late Thursday.
The Timpview Warriors downed Richfield 74-66 and the Clayton Cougars edged Mountain Crest 56-47, with the two winners meeting Friday for the gold medal. Pine View beat Wendover 54-44 and will meet Anderson Construction of Brigham City - a winner by forfeit - for the bronze.