Scoring lulls sink MHS at Dowling

Josh Melde

WEST DES MOINES — What Dowling Catholic lacks in glitz in glamour, the Maroons make up for with a steady presence on both ends of the court.

The Marshalltown boys’ basketball team couldn’t match the Maroons’ consistency and suffered a 68-42 loss in Friday’s CIML Iowa Conference contest.

Dowling’s persistent defense did enough to limit the Bobcats (4-8, 1-5), and a handful of 3-pointers in the third period helped the Maroons (8-3, 5-1) put the conference victory on ice. Dowling made five 3-pointers in the third quarter alone to help turn a 10-point lead into a 22-point advantage heading into the final frame.

“They’re a really well-coached team,” said MHS head coach Scott Smith. “They don’t do anything flashy, but they’re really solid.”

Smith pointed to a three-minute stretch of the second quarter in which his Bobcats went scoreless and then five possessions in a row in the third in which the Maroons prevented MHS from finding the basket.

Marshalltown trailed 16-14 before that second-quarter lull saw Dowling’s lead balloon to 25-14, and a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer boosted the Maroons’ lead back to double-digits, 29-19.

Sam Ingoli made two of Dowling’s five third-quarter 3-pointers as the margin climbed to 22 going into the fourth quarter.

Dowling has allowed more than 56 points just once this season.

Ingoli was one of three Maroons to reach double-digit scoring. Dylan Eastman led the team with 12 points off the bench, while Ingoli and John Waggoner finished with 11 points each.

Luke Appel scored 12 of his game-high 18 points in the first half to lead Marshalltown, while Josh Melde racked up eight of his 11 after the break. Jacob Smith added eight points, Austin Shomo made a 3-pointer and Makeer Kuony added a field goal for the Bobcats.

“It was a well-fought game, but Dowling’s outstanding,” coach Smith said. “I thought our kids played hard, and we can continue to build on the positives as we get ready for that team north of here.”

The road-weary Bobcats ride a four-game losing streak into tonight’s trip to Cedar Falls. The Tigers (7-3) and Maroons both received votes in this week’s Associated Press poll, and Cedar Falls’ lineup features Northern Iowa signee A.J. Green.

“Cedar Falls is a very similar team to Dowling,” coach Smith said. “They have athleticism and size and an elite player in A.J. Green. I think our kids will be up to the challenge.

“This is our chance to measure ourselves as a team against some of the better teams in the state. These are the kind of games you’ve got to win down the road to get to state.”

Dowling Catholic 68, Marshalltown 42

At West Des Moines

MARSHALLTOWN (4-8, 1-5) — Josh Melde 4 0-0 11, Bennett O’Hare 0 0-0 0, Jacob Smith 3 1-1 8, Luke Appel 8 1-3 18, Makeer Kuony 1 0-0 2, Tyrell Davis 0 0-0 0, Conner Beaty 0 0-0 0, Austin Shomo 1 0-0 3, Jaiden Van Law 0 0-0 0, Reid Nennig 0 0-0 0, Ryan Bates 0 0-0 0, Sunday Arou 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 17 2-4 42.

DOWLING CATHOLIC (8-3, 5-1) — Sam McMurray 3 0-0 7, Sam Ingoli 4 1-2 11, Luke Yacinich 4 0-0 8, Blake Clark 2 1-1 5, John Waggoner 4 3-8 11, Drew Kueter 0 0-0 0, Anthony Coppola 0 0-0 0, Jack Keough 2 0-0 4, Dylan Eastman 4 2-3 12, Zach Prey 0 0-0 0, Ben Sheriden 0 0-0 0, Ryan Riggs 2 0-0 4, Luke Kavan 1 2-3 4. TOTALS 26 9-17 68.

MHS 10 9 8 15 — 42

DOWLING 11 18 20 19 — 68

3-Point Goals–MHS 6 (Melde 3, Shomo, Smith, Appel), Dowling 7 (McMurray 2, Ingoli 2, Eastman 2, Yacinich). Total Fouls–MHS 16, Dowling 11. Fouled Out–none.