O’Hare helps Bobcats beat Dodgers

FORT DODGE – Bennett O’Hare scored 13 points consecutively in the fourth quarter to help the Marshalltown freshman ‘A’ boys basketball team rally past Fort Dodge for a 68-63 win on Friday night at Fort Dodge Middle School.

O’Hare finished with a team-high 29 points, leading the Bobcat comeback from a 46-40 deficit entering the final quarter. MHS totaled 28 points in the fourth quarter to collect the Central Iowa Conference Northern Division win.

Dru Dobbins added 18 points and Derrick Kapayou racked up 14 more for the Bobcats, who play host to Urbandale in Monday’s make-up game at Lenihan Intermediate School.

Niang a finalist for Karl Malone Award

AMES – Iowa State men’s basketball senior Georges Niang has been named one of 10 finalists for the Karl Malone Award, announced recently by the Basketball Hall of Fame. The award is given annually to the nation’s top power forward.

Niang is averaging 19.1 points, second-best in the Big 12 Conference, while also grabbing a career-best 6.1 rebounds and dishing out 3.0 assists per game. Niang is shooting 52.1 percent from the field and hitting 83.3 percent of his free-throw attempts.

Niang has scored in double-figures in all 22 games this season, posting 20 or more points nine times. With 1,930 career points, he is closing in on becoming just the third player in school history and the eighth in Big 12 history to score 2,000 points.