Jaguars take care of ’Cats

ANKENY — A three-game week got off to an ominous start for the Marshalltown boys’ basketball team, as the Bobcats were handled 81-42 by Ankeny Centennial on Tuesday night.

The host Jaguars (2-1) led 23-13 after the opening quarter and continued to pull away from MHS for the CIML triumph.

Carter Bachman shot 7-for-7 from the field en route to a game-high 17 points for Ankeny Centennial. Ben Breeding added 12 points and Zach Kluver, who grew up in Marshalltown, added 10 points and five steals for the Jags.

Centennial shot 31-for-57 from the field, made seven 3-pointers and totaled 19 steals on the night.

Marshalltown got career-high scoring nights from Josh Melde and Austin Tullis. Melde contributed 12 points, going 5-of-6 from the free-throw line, while Tullis chipped in six points. Luke Appel added 11 points as well for MHS.

“Our kids played hard and competed but at the end of the day it was too much physical play we struggled with,” said Marshalltown head coach Scott Smith. “We don’t have a lot of guys yet who can take the ball to the rack and create, and even in sets we struggled attacking the rim. [Centennial’s] defense is so strong, so solid.”

The Bobcats host Newton on Thursday and Fort Dodge on Friday night at the Roundhouse.

Ankeny Centennial 81, Marshalltown 42

MHS (0-2) — Josh Melde 3 5-6 12, Jacob Smith 2 0-0 4, Dayton Slifer 0 0-0 0, Austin Tullis 3 0-0 6, Luke Appel 4 2-4 11, Tyrell Davis 0 0-0 0, Conner Beaty 0 0-0 0, Ryan Bates 0 0-0 0, Austin Case 0 0-0 0, Sean McWilliams 0 0-0 0, Blake Linsenmeyer 1 1-2 3, Reid Nennig 0 0-0 0, Marquis Haynes 1 2-3 4, Sam Brintnall 0 0-0 0, Brennin Davis 1 0-1 2. TOTALS 15 10-16 42.

CENTENNIAL (2-1) — Zach Kluver 4 2-6 10, Jackson Brannan 2 0-0 6, Ben Breeding 4 4-8 12, Ben Heimer 0 2-2 2, Connor Kasperbauer 3 1-2 8, Davis Churchman 2 0-0 4, Jared Jordison 0 0-0 0, Reed Pegram 0 0-0 0, Tyler Rodgers 4 0-1 11, Trevor Rommel 2 0-1 4, Ryan Raasch 0 0-0 0, Ahren Davis 1 0-0 2, Kade Walter 2 0-0 5, Carter Bachman 7 3-4 17. TOTALS 31 12-24 81.

MHS    13    9    10    10    —    42

CENTENNIAL    23    18    17    13    —    81

3-Point Goals–MHS 2 (Appel, Melde), Centennial 7 (Rodgers 3, Brannan 2, Kasperbauer, Walter). Total Fouls–MHS 17, Centennial 10. Fouled out–none.