Fort Dodge flusters Bobcats, 54-30

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Marshalltown’s Luke Appel goes for a layup in the second half against Fort Dodge Friday night at the Roundhouse. Appel scored 17 points, but the Bobcats fell 54-30.

Bobcat head coach Scott Smith could see it in the shot of the Marshalltown boys’ basketball team that playing games in back-to-back nights was having an effect. The Bobcats struggled to keep up with the faster Dodgers, and Fort Dodge didn’t hesitate to take advantage.

The Dodgers started to pull away from the Bobcats in the latter half of the second quarter, and used the final two quarters to keep Marshalltown at bay, securing the 54-30 win in CIML Iowa Conference action Friday night at the Roundhouse.

“I felt the kids really epitomized what it means to be a Bobcat player,” Smith said. “A game like tonight, they can walk off the court with their heads held high. Obviously we’ll always try to win, but I thought they played together as a unit. I thought we really made some strides.”

Luke Appel kept the Bobcats (0-4, 0-1 CIML Iowa) in the game in the first quarter. After Fort Dodge (3-1, 1-0 CIML Iowa) built an 11-4 lead, Appel scored five-straight Bobcat points, including a 3-point play the old fashioned way, to bring MHS within two. Appel scored more than half of Marshalltown’s points, finishing with the game with 17. The quarter ended on a 3-pointer from Fort Dodge’s Edker Foy.

Fort Dodge opened the second quarter with four consecutive points, and closed the first half with a 10-0 run, getting points from five different players in the period. The Bobcats managed to score just four points in the quarter, and trailed 30-13 at the break.

“I can’t fault our kids in hardly any way,” Smith said. “I thought especially after (Thursday’s) tough loss, the kids came with the energy and passion. They played together. I think every game we’ve made some strides, especially on the defensive side. That’s been a point of emphasis. The ball movement was better.”

Marshalltown wouldn’t get any closer than within 13 of the Dodgers in the third quarter. Down 18, Dayton Slifer hit a 3, followed by an Appel field goal to get the margin to 33-20, but Solomon Clayton responded on the other end of the floor with an authoritative slam dunk. Clayton finished with 17 points himself to lead his team.

Despite going to substitutions earlier than usual, coming off a 64-34 loss to Newton 24 hours prior, Marshalltown again only scored four points in the final quarter, as the fatigue really began to set in.

“Bottom line is, ultimately, we got to make shots. We just didn’t make shots,” Smith said. “I thought we got good looks. I thought the kids were patient. I thought they did a lot of things well. I give Fort Dodge a lot of credit. That’s an outstanding defensive team. They contest every shot, so we had nothing easy.

“Our shots were a little short tonight that we normally hit. A little fatigue set in. You can practice hard all you want, but there’s not quite the equivalent of game shape. I thought our bench gave us some great minutes tonight. Conner Beaty, Blake Linsemeyer and Marquis Haynes, I thought they contributed in a positive way.”

Marshalltown is on the road for its next three contests, starting at Des Moines Roosevelt on Tuesday. The Bobcats won’t be back home until Dec. 22 to host Ottumwa.

Fort Dodge 54, Marshalltown 30

FORT DODGE (3-1, 1-0) — Trey Mosley 2 0-0 6, Malcolm Clayton 4 0-0 9, Brady Read 2 1-1 5, Jordan Jackson 2 4-4 8, Solomon Clayton 6 5-5 17, Austin Gehlhausen 0 0-0 0, Joe Artis 0 0-0 0, Jonny Bowser 1 0-0 2, Edker Foy 1 0-0 3, Damion Chavez 1 0-0 2, Zach Colin 0 0-0 0, Andrew Strait 0 0-0 0, Jace Peterson 0 2-2 2, Tyreike Mericle 0 0-0 0, Marco Fumagalli 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 19 12-12 54.

MARSHALLTOWN (0-6, 0-1) — Josh Melde 2 0-1 4, Jacob Smith 1 0-0 2, Dayton Slifer 1 0-0 3, Austin Tullis 1 0-0 2, Luke Appel 8 1-1 17, Conner Beaty 0 0-0 0, Blake Linsenmeyer 1 0-0 2, Marquis Haynes 0 0-0 0, Tyrell Davis 0 0-0 0, Ryan Bates 0 0-0 0, Austin Case 0 0-0 0, Sean McWilliams 0 0-0 0, Reid Nennig 0 0-0 0, Sam Brintnall 0 0-0 0, Brenin Davis 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 14 1-2 30.

FORT DODGE    14    16    13    11    —    54

MHS    9    4    13    4    —    30

3-Point Goals–FD 4 (Mosley 2, M. Clayton, Foy); MHS 1 (Slifer).