FD boys throttle MCHS

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Malcolm Clayton of Fort Dodge shoots over WDM Valley Carter Frey on Tuesday

MASON CITY — For as important as Malcolm Clayton’s 23-point night was to Fort Dodge’s win over Mason City, head coach Tom Daniel wanted to focus on his defense.

Clayton held Dylan Miller to 13 points below his season average, as the Dodgers opened the new year with a convincing 63-43 road CIML Iowa Conference victory over the Mohawks.

Miller entered the game averaging over 18 points, but due in large part to the play of the Fort Dodge (4-4 overall, 2-1 in league) senior, he had just five.

“Malcolm just dominated on both ends,” Daniel said. “He was the strongest guard on the court. I know everyone will talk about his 23 points, but I’m more happy about the defense he played on Miller.

“By taking him out of the game, that forced their other scorers to step up and it also took the crowd out of it. That was just a big part of our win.”

Jordan Jackson added 11 points and Ty Kershaw 10 for the Dodgers, who have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

“I thought we had our best team defense game of the year,” Daniel said. “Trey (Mosley) did other things besides scoring for us, rewarding Ty and Jordan. When we can have three guys in double figures, that really makes us a different team.”

Avery Mellman led the Mohawks (2-7, 0-1) with 11 points, followed by Jake Rood’s 10.

Fort Dodge, which led 14-13 after the first quarter, expanded its advantage to 11 at halftime and 18 heading into the fourth.

“Malcolm was scoring everywhere; he just dominated the game,” Daniel said. “We got everybody into the game. It was just a good night for Dodger basketball.”

Fort Dodge returns to the court Friday night, hosting Urbandale (4-4) at 7:45 p.m. The J-Hawks downed Marshalltown this past Tuesday night, 58-43.

FORT DODGE 63, MASON CITY 43

Fort Dodge — Rodney Tilawen 2, Isaiah Alvarez 2, Trey Mosley 5, Malcolm Clayton 23, Jace Peterson 7, Ty Kershaw 10, Edker Foy 3, Malihk Lockman 0, Grant Barber 0, Kaleb Jondle 0, Jordan Jackson 11, Aaron Porter 0.

Mason City — Ryan Smuck 2, Dylan Miller 5, Javorius Toney 4, Jake Rood 10, Jordan Brown 3, Malek Wesley 2, Jeffrey Skogen 4, Avery Mellman 11, Ben Pappas 2.

Quarter scores: Fort Dodge led 14-13, 31-20, 49-31.

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