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Ricky Council IV bounces back, but the Summer Sixers drop the Salt Lake Finals to the Jazz

The Summer Sixers run in Salt Lake City has come to an end.

The team on Wednesday lost against Utah Jazz 93-85 in their final. The Sixers will head to Vegas for another round of league games beginning on July 12th.

Ricky Council IV and Jeff Dowtin, Jr. continued to lead the way as two of the more experienced players on the roster. Council finished with a team-high 20. Dowtin had 18 and six assists.

Here are some thoughts at the buzzer.

  • It seems that Jared McCain is tired or stressed – or maybe both. He has looked good as a ball player, uses his strength to create space and make good decisions. He just hasn’t been able to finish at the rim. He has also been inconsistent from deep. He was 1-of-9 from the field and 0-for-3 from deep. He’ll be fine, but it would be good to see him build some confidence in Vegas.
  • David Jones, one of the Sixers’ two-way players from Memphis, is a loose ball magnet. His rebounding numbers were strong with the Tigers for a player his size. That has been the case throughout the summer league as well. He had 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals on Wednesday. He has a tendency to play a little out of control, but that’s mostly because he plays 100 mph.
  • Adem Bona continued to do Adem Bona things. He has been a monster protecting the rim on defense and trying to tear it down on offense. He finished with six rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

As the Sixers’ third center, he’ll provide plenty of entertainment — and probably some decent minutes.

  • Keep an eye on Judah Mintz. The Syracuse guard has some offensive juice and he has been an absolute pest on the ball.

He didn’t get a ton of reps on the ball in Utah because Dowtin was doing such good things, but Mintz was making good choices and picking his spots. We’ll see if he’s on the Sixers’ Vegas team and gets more opportunities.

  • Council had a tough game against Memphis Tuesday. It seemed the Grizzlies were ready for him after his 29-point outburst Monday night. This one didn’t go smoothly after he was denied on a couple of early trips to the rim. He got going in the second quarter, nailing a couple of confident shots from above the break. He then got to show off the rabbits a bit.

He continues to foul at a high rate as well. It’s such an underrated skill. He led the team with 20 points, shooting 6-of-11 from the field, 2-of-4 from three and 6-of-7 from the line.

  • It feels like Dowtin hasn’t missed a shot this summer. He looked in control of the offense, hitting everything – threes, middies, floaters, at the rim with both hands. He had 18 points and six assists on the night. He shot an efficient 8-of-13 and had just one turnover.

The Sixers still have a few spots left and Dowtin is a Nick Nurse guy. Dowtin gives Daryl Morey and the front office something to think about.

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