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Dodger boys can't solve Ankeny

December 19, 2012
By JOSH MEYER sports@messengernews.net

Any upset hopes by the Fort Dodge boys basketball team never materialized Tuesday.

Despite staying within striking distance for most of the first half, the Dodgers (2-5 overall) faded after the break, dropping a lopsided 64-39 decision to No. 8 (Class 4A) Ankeny on Silent Night inside the FDSH gym.

"We were dominated and just got outworked," Dodger head coach Tom Daniel said. "I know Ankeny's height bothered us and was clearly a factor, but every team we face is going to be bigger than us, so we can't let that be an excuse. We never had five guys swarming to the ball and making all the little hustle plays, which is what you need to offset that size difference."

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Zach Martinson, a 6-foot-4 junior, supplied a bright spot for Fort Dodge with a season-high 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting - and eight rebounds.

Blake Wilder, another junior, also contributed 10 points for the Dodgers. FDSH's top offensive threat JC Hatcher, who came in averaging 16.7 points per game, was held scoreless before fouling out with with 7:49 remaining in the final frame.

"We had a hard time getting into our offensive sets," said Daniel. "I didn't feel we had the same level of confidence that we did against Mason City (the Dodgers were coming off a 64-49 league victory over the Mohawks on Friday). We have the shooters and kids that want to get better, but I think our leadership can really improve."

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ANKENY 64, FORT DODGE 39

Ankeny - Brent Jones 2-4 2-4 7, Bryan Sumner 5-17 0-0 12, Jay Schon 4-7 2-4 10, Jamie Montgomery 3-9 0-1 8, Ted Friedman 3-3 4-5 10, Byron Harp 0-2 0-0 0, Cale Anselme 1-3 0-0 2, Jordan Brunkow 2-3 3-4 8, Jordan Saddoris 1-2 0-0 3, Brandon Kuehl 0-1 1-2 1, Zach Morrissey 0-0 0-0 0, Chase Van Loon 0-0 0-0 0, Kyle Lathrop 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Schroeder 0-0 3-4 3, Aaron Klinker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-51 15-24 64.

Fort Dodge - JC Hatcher 0-4 0-0 0, Tyler Vaughn 1-8 0-0 2, Andrew Stover 1-3 0-0 2, Blake Wilder 5-8 0-0 10, Zach Martinson 5-10 4-5 16, Austin Halligan 1-4 0-1 2, Jake Porter 1-1 0-0 2, Marquan Clayton 0-2 0-0 0, Krunal Thakor 1-2 0-0 3, Brandan Schoenfeld 0-4 0-1 0, Cody Ellis 0-0 0-0 0, Cody Rivers 0-0 2-2 2, Titus Aba 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-46 6-9 39.

Quarter scores: Ankeny led 11-8, 30-19, 45-23. Three-point goals: Ankeny 7-27 (Jones 1-3, Sumner 2-11, Schon 0-1, Montgomery 2-7, Harp 0-1, Brunkow 1-1, Saddoris 1-2, Kuehl 0-1); Fort Dodge 3-13 (Hatcher 0-1, Vaughn 0-2, Wilder 0-1, Martinson 2-5, Halligan 0-1, Thakor 1-2, Schoenfeld 0-1). Total rebounds: Ankeny 34, Fort Dodge 28. Turnovers: Ankeny 7, Fort Dodge 14. Total fouls: Ankeny 16, Fort Dodge 22. Fouled out: Hatcher, Vaughn. Technical foul: Fort Dodge bench.

Trailing by only three points at the end of the first quarter, the Dodgers briefly sliced the deficit to a single hoop (14-12) midway through the second, but the home squad could get no closer the rest of the way. Ankeny (5-2) eventually delivered the knockout blow with a 15-4 burst following the intermission.

"It was still a manageable game at the half, but then (Ankeny) got in a comfort zone and never had to panic," Daniel said. "Our guys were trying to do the right thing, but just forced it (offensively)."

Bryan Sumner (12), Jay Schon (10) and University of Northern Iowa commit Ted Friedman (10) all scored in double figures for the defending state semifinalist Hawks, who snapped a two-game losing streak in the victory. Schon also pulled down 13 rebounds, while Friedman grabbed nine boards.

Ankeny finished 15-for-24 at the charity stripe compared to just 6 of 9 for Fort Dodge.

Due to the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., fans attending last evening's game were encouraged to remain silent until the Dodgers scored their 10th point, which came on a Wilder bucket with 5:59 left in the first half.

Looking to bounce back, Fort Dodge visits Johnston (3-4) on Friday. The Dragons pounded Marshalltown Tuesday, 70-48.

 
 

 

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