CLINTON - A short turnaround from Friday's thrilling victory over a ranked Kirkwood squad left little time for the Marshalltown Community College men's basketball team to recuperate.
But the Tigers persevered to pick up their fifth win in as many games, pulling away for a 70-46 victory over winless Clinton on Saturday afternoon.
Marshalltown (5-0) led 30-21 at the half and outscored their hosts 40-25 after the break.
"We got off to a slow start but we were able to fight our way through it," said MCC head coach Brynjar Brynjarsson. "Some guys came in off the bench and gave us great effort - Lamont Adair, Jamyles Coleman, Cameron Robinson. We were able to make some adjustments and get some separation as the second half went on, but we were a little sluggish after (Friday) night."
"The way we started the game is not the way we normally play, but Clinton had a lot to do with that."
Sophomore guard Matej Delinac led the Tigers with 17 points, while Chris Caird, Troidell Carter and Adair each contributed eight points. Jamal Gatali and Coleman both pitched in with seven points.
Xzavion Jones led Clinton with 11 points and James Randolph added 10 for the Cougars (0-3).
Marshalltown returns home for its next game, meeting Southwestern in the second game of a Tiger basketball doubleheader at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Student Activity Center.
MCC women net first win
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The Marshalltown Community College women's basketball team notched their first win of the young season, scoring a 58-55 triumph over the Tabor College junior varsity in their final game of the Lady Dragon Classic here Saturday.
Mackenzie Gott had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Ashley Salgado contributed 13 points and seven boards for the Tigers (1-1).
"We're happy to get our first win and hopefully we can build off this going into our home opener," said MCC head coach Alison Lacey.
The Tigers tip off an MCC basketball doubleheader at home Wednesday with their 5:30 p.m. game against North Central Missouri College.