Appel’s big night buoys Bobcat boys

DES MOINES — Luke Appel matched his career-high with 33 points and the Marshalltown boys’ basketball team held off hard-charging Des Moines Lincoln for a 58-50 win in Tuesday’s cross-CIML contest.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 30-19 halftime lead before enduring the Railsplitters’ late charge. Lincoln (4-14) closed to within 49-48 with 3 minutes remaining but couldn’t overtake MHS in suffering its seventh-straight loss.

Austin Shomo and Jacob Smith pitched in nine points apiece as Marshalltown (6-12) won for the second time in its last three games.

“We played about as well as we could have in the first half,” said MHS head coach Scott Smith. “We just for whatever reason didn’t play well in the second half. They made it into a game … but our kids were very resilient. They’ve been through this before.”

The Bobcats have a pair of home games remaining on their slate, hosting Dowling Catholic this Friday night and Des Moines North a week later.