WEST DES MOINES - Marshalltown boys' basketball coach Scott Smith wanted to find the right lineup combinations and put his team into game-like situations Saturday at the 65th Annual CIML Kiwanis Jamboree at West Des Moines Valley High School.
From that standpoint, it was a worthwhile day on the basketball court. On the scoreboard, Des Moines Hoover bested the Bobcats 29-21 behind a strong, aggressive defensive performance.
"That is probably the quickest and most athletic team we will play all season," Smith said. "We learned a lot about our team today and we see a lot of positives."
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Marshalltown senior De’Quan McDowell scores over Des Moines Hoover’s Gatlat Joang during the 65th Annual CIML Kiwanis Basketball Jamboree on Saturday at West Des Moines Valley.
One of those positives came from senior forward De'Quan McDowell, who scored nine of the team's first 14 points on the day. He missed some time last year with a broken hand, but Smith is glad to have him back this season.
"He is athletic and can give another option offensively," he said.
McDowell's athleticism helped Marshalltown match up with Hoover's athletes.
The Bobcats took an early 4-0 lead as Luke Madsen buried two free throws and then assisted on a bucket by McDowell.
Malachi Canada tied the score for Hoover when he scored on back-to-back Husky possessions. After that though, Marshalltown grabbed a six-point advantage after senior Riley Wirth drilled a triple and McDowell added a three-point play.
Hoover quickly rallied to take an 11-10 lead, but the back-and-forth affair continued following back-to-back buckets from McDowell inside the paint. Two free throws by Blake Gimbel gave the Bobcats a 16-13, but Hoover took control after that following a 7-0 spurt.
Chris King led the Hoover attack as his two shots from 3-point range made it 23-18 and put the Huskies in front for good.
Blake Judkins scored the Bobcats' final points on a 3-pointer, but Hoover ended the exhibition half with five straight points and won by eight.
"We got out of this jamboree what we wanted really," Smith said. "But it is hard to really know what you have or what to think when it's just a 16-minute deal."
Madsen scored four points for the Bobcats, while Judkins and Wirth both contributed 3-pointers in the half. Canada and King both scored seven points to lead Hoover.
Marshalltown shifted players in and out as the half went on, trying to find the right mix of guys on the floor.
"This game confirmed what we thought coming in as far as lineups go," Smith said. "I think the chemistry of this team will be really good. They like playing with each other."
The Bobcats will begin their regular season Nov. 27 against these same Hoover Huskies in Des Moines. That will be part of a girl-boy doubleheader beginning at 6:15 p.m.