Bobcats bottled up by Dowling

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Marshalltown basketball player Blake Linsenmeyer gets a shot off in the second half against Dowling Catholic Friday night inside the Roundhouse. Dowling ran away from the Bobcats, taking the CIML Iowa Conference matchup 79-28.

The Marshalltown boys’ basketball team focuses on building the program on three things that all start with the letter “C” when it comes to the game: Character, classroom and the court. After Friday night’s CIML Iowa Conference loss to Dowling Catholic, the Bobcats are going to tip their cap to the opposition, and turn their attention to their goals.

Dowling Catholic (7-3, 4-1) coming into Friday night was shooting just 26.5 percent from 3-point range. The Maroons’ first three shots of the game came from long range, and all fell. Dowling jumped out early on the Bobcats (2-9, 0-5) and never looked back, coasting to the 79-28 win.

“Dowling defense,” said MHS coach Scott Smith on what stood out about the game. “Coached a long time, and that’s one of the better defensive teams I’ve ever coached against. There’s no weaknesses in their rotations. They’re strong, quick with active hands.

“It’s tough to get a good look against them. You saw our spacing against Ottumwa and (Des Moines) East, we got easier looks. Tonight almost everything was contested, and that generates into their offense. They fast break well.”

Being overmatched in every phase of the game, Smith said Dowling is one of the more elite teams in the Iowa Conference, and an elite team will expose what its opponent needs to work on.

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Marshalltown boys’ basketball player Marquis Haynes (42) puts up a fadeaway shot against Dowling Catholic during Friday night’s CIML Iowa Conference game at the Roundhouse. Dowling won 79-28.

Cole Coffin made Dowling’s first three shots of the night for a quick 9-0 lead. The Maroons scored the first 16 points of the game before Josh Melde broke the run with a 3-pointer. Coffin led all scorers, totaling 15 points, all coming from downtown. Marcus Miller added 13 points, and Sam Ingoli contributed 10. Luke Appel accounted for half of the Bobcat scoring, finishing with 14, including going a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. Marshalltown as a squad didn’t miss from the charity stripe.

Dowling held an 18-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but only extended to 24 by halftime. After the big run to begin the game, the Bobcats didn’t allow Dowling to go on a run of more than five points in the second quarter.

Up 23 in the third, Dowling went on a 9-0 run on a 3-pointer from Coffin, an old school 3-point play by Joey Kern followed by a long-range 3 from Kern. Appel halted the Maroon run with his lone 3-pointer. The Maroons led 62-28 at the end of the third.

A 17-0 run by Dowling culminated the contest as the Maroons held the Bobcats scoreless in the final stanza. Melde finished with seven points for the Bobcats, Dayton Slifer added three, and Blake Linsenmeyer, as well as Jacob Smith, finished with two points apiece.

Coach Smith is giving the Bobcats the weekend off to rest and heal up before they take to the road on Monday to face Mason City for another CIML Iowa Conference game.


“It’s a long season, and we’ve been getting better,” Smith said. “You just have to ‘Look, did we play hard? Yes.’ ‘Did we play together? Yes.’ Just have to give (Dowling) credit. You’re going to play games sometimes against teams that are better than you.

“Can’t keep your head down. If you do, you look up and there’s Mason City, Ames and Johnston. … Not a lot we need to revamp. Just keeping working hard, and good things will happen. Prioritize (the three Cs), and keep the big picture in mind. Keep doing the right thing. It’s easy like the other night after you win. But after you lose and get it handed to you, how do you respond?”

Dowling Catholic 79, Marshalltown 28

DOWLING CATHOLIC (7-3, 4-1) — Cole Coffin 5 0-0 15, Sam Ingoli 2 5-5 10, Sam Olson 2 0-0 4, Joey Kern 4 2-3 13, John Waggoner 3 3-3 9, Blake Clark 1 0-0 2, Atlias Bell 1 0-0 2, Joe Lathrum 4 0-0 8, Sam McMurray 2 0-0 5, Luke Yacinich 0 5-5 5, Joe Evans 1 0-0 2, Marcus Miller 0 0-0 0, Nathan Schneider 1 0-0 2, Anthony Coppola 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 27 15-16 79.

MARSHALLTOWN (2-9, 0-5) — Josh Melde 2 2-2 7, Dayton Slifer 1 1-1 3, Blake Linsenmeyer 1 0-0 2, Austin Tullis 0 0-0 0, Luke Appel 3 7-7 14, Conner Beaty 0 0-0 0, Jacob Smith 1 0-0 2, Marquis Haynes 0 0-0 0, Reid Nennig 0 0-0 0, Ryan Bates 0 0-0 0, Austin Case 0 0-0 0, Sean McWilliams 0 0-0 0, Sam Brintnall 0 0-0 0, Brennin Davis 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 8 10-10 28.

DOWLING 25 17 20 17 — 79

MHS 7 11 10 0 — 28

3-Point Goals–DC 10 (Coffin 5, Kern 3, Ingoli, McMurray); MHS 2 (Melde, Appel).