AMES - Sam Straub and Justin Sloter combined to score 44 points, outdoing the one-man wrecking crew that was Blake Gimbel, to lead the Ames boys' basketball team past rival Marshalltown 74-59 in Friday's Central Iowa Conference North Division showdown.
Gimbel scored a career-high 29 points and had a team-leading seven rebounds for the Bobcats (3-4, 1-1), who saw their three-game win streak stall out against an active Ames defense. MHS only managed to get to the free-throw line four times, magnifying head coach Scott Smith's belief that his team "settled for the outside shot too much" and "didn't attack the basket enough."
Straub scored a team-high 24 points and Sloter had 20 for the Little Cyclones (4-3, 2-0), who were coming off a double-digit win over previously ranked Johnston. Nate Munn added 11 points as well for Ames, which outscored the Bobcats 23-13 in the second quarter to carry a 36-23 lead into the half.
"We got it down to nine on three different occasions in the second half, but each time Ames would come down and hit a shot and get it right back to double-digits," said Smith. "Once they got the lead, Straub really controlled the game for them."
Blake Judkins chipped in 11 points and Riley Wirth had 10 for the Bobcats, who close out the pre-holiday half of their schedule with Tuesday's home game against Southeast Polk. Tyler Kluver chipped in seven in Marshalltown's first loss in 10 days.