Independence topples MCC 88-57

T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW ABADIE - MCC guard Caleb Jacobs (12) shoots between Independence defenders Zahir Porter (0), Tim Dalger (5) and Marlo Brown (33) during the first half of Saturday’s game in the Emerson Classic.

The Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team dropped its second game of the Emerson Classic on Saturday, losing to Independence (Kan.) CC 88-57.

The immediate difference was the Pirates’ ability to own the paint. Independence outrebounded MCC 50-25, scored 46 points in the paint and scored 18 second-chance points.

Trailing just 19-16 to start the game, the Pirates (6-1) found daylight with a 7-3 run to go up 26-19. Independence then went on a 13-7 run before halftime to take a 45-30 lead.

“Their length and their athleticism weren’t necessarily as overwhelming as we anticipated,” MCC head coach Ryan Flack said. “At the same time [Independence] just got us out of our game. We didn’t follow through on the game plan quite as well.”

In addition to the Pirates’ dominance in the paint, MCC (2-6) had a slower start offensively as the Tigers shot 37.5 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent beyond the arc in the first half.


“I didn’t think our flow offensively was great,” Flack said. “I thought we were just really stagnant with the ball. We came up and allowed them to get set which made it even tougher for us I thought. We just weren’t clicking that way tonight.”

Independence came out of the half with a 12-5 run and then built its lead by as much as 30 with an 11-2 run midway through the second half.

“It was a 20-minute game for us and we come out and practice those scenarios every day,” Flack said. “With that, it was all about defense. We thought our defense would lead to our offense and that’s what we were really trying to do is to get stops and chip away at that lead. [Independence] shot well in the second half, we could never quite get those stops even rotating guys in [and] they were still just beating us on the board, which that didn’t help.”

Defensively, the Tigers had just five steals, 21 defensive rebounds while notably, the Pirates had only 12 turnovers.

The high point for MCC was Jaylin Brown, who was the team’s only double-digit scorer of 16 points to go with his seven rebounds.


“Jaylin came in and I thought he did a nice job on the glass for us with seven rebounds,” Flack said. “I know he scored and shot it well here tonight and that’s something Jaylin does that we want to count on. He’s a got to continue to be consistent for us.”

As for Independence, the Pirates had five players get into double digits with wing Tim Dalger totaling 14 points and 13 rebounds.

“I thought we went back to our old ways from about three games ago,” Flack said. “We turn and want to grab the ball instead of making contact and boxing out a guy and going for rebounds. That’s got to be a point of emphasis, as it has been all year, but we really have got to hit home on that. We knew [Dalger] for those guys could really rebound the ball with his size and strength. We have got to go back to practice and just have a good two days pretty much and try to change some things and make some adjustments.

“We’ll watch a lot of film the next two days. We’ll prepare for our next opponent Southwestern this Tuesday night but at the same time, it’s about us watching film and getting better. Not really focusing too much on the weaknesses, really just the strengths and at the same time some stuff we weren’t good at.”

MCC will host Southwestern CC on Tuesday at 7 p.m.


Emerson Classic

At Marshalltown Community College

Friday’s Scores


Iowa Lakes 74, Central (Neb.) 40


Marshalltown CC 68, DMACC 64


Iowa Lakes 93, Independence (Kan.) 87

Marshalltown CC 76, John Wood (Ill.) 74

Saturday’s Scores


Central (Neb.) 64, DMACC 59

Iowa Lakes 72, MCC 49


Iowa Lakes 95, John Wood 89

Independence (Kan.), MCC


Independence (Kan.) CC 88, Marshalltown CC 57

INDEPENDENCE (6-1) — Porter 4-13 2-2 12, Dalger 7-13 0-0 14, Durham 3-9 0-0 6, McClanahan 2-7 0-0 4, Roe 5-7 1-1 13, Burley 1-2 0-0 2, Hudson 1-5 1-2 4, Hood 0-0 2-4 2, Horton 6-8 0-0 16, Harris 5-6 0-1 11, Evans 0-2 0-1 0, Brown 1-5 2-2 4, Clarke 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 35-77 8-13 88.

MCC (2-6) — Jacobs 2-8 3-4 7, Scott 7-16 0-0 16, Amandio 2-5 0-0 5, Smith 1-4 0-0 3, Arou 2-2 0-0 4, Guardiola 0-1 0-0 0, Broadie 2-4 0-0 4, Wilson 2-8 0-0 4, Blackwood 0-2 0-0 0, Paige 3-5 3-3 9, Keeling 1-5 2-2 5, Leslie 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 22-61 8-9 57.

Halftime–Independence 45-30. 3-Point Goals–Independence 10-33 (Horton 4-6, Roe 2-4, Porter 2-6, Harris 1-2, Hudson 1-5, McClanahan 0-1, Dalger 0-2, Evans 0-2, Brown 0-2, Durham 0-3); MCC 5-20 (Scott 2-7, Amandio 1-1, Keeling 1-3, Smith 1-4, Jacobs 0-1, Guardiola 0-1, Paige 0-1, Broadie 0-2). Rebounds–Independence 50 (Dalger 13), MCC 25 (Scott 7). Assists–Independence 13 (Hudson 4), MCC 9 (Jacobs, Keeling 3). Total Fouls–Independence 9, MCC 14. Fouled Out–none.


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