Four in a row
The Fort Dodge boys remained perfect in 2018, scoring a 58-45 victory over Marshalltown here Tuesday night.
Senior Malcolm Clayton scored 21 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists, and classmate Aaron Porter added a career-high 14 points off the bench as the Dodgers pushed their current win streak to four in a row.
During their current run, Fort Dodge (6-4 overall, 4-1 in CIML Iowa Conference) has held all four opponents under 45 points.
“Over these last few games, our defense has been great, and that is all an effort thing,” FDSH head coach Tom Daniel said. “The guys are coming together. You can judge our team on how hard we are playing defense and right now, they are buying into that and we are having some success.
“We are 6-4 through 10 games against a very challenging schedule. We feel we are good enough to compete in the top-half of our conference, so we need to show that.”
Porter matched his season point total on the night, going 6-for-11 from the field with two 3-pointers. He also grabbed four rebounds, as the Dodgers held a 29-25 advantage on the glass.
“Aaron’s a senior who played four years of football and is just a good teammate,” Daniel said. “He gets along well with everybody on the team. He didn’t play last year, but he’s accepted his role.
“I thought that (Porter), along with Ty (Kershaw) and Jordan (Jackson) did a great job on (Luke) Appel. All that offense we got from him was just a bonus because of the great defense (Porter) played.”
Appel, who entered the night averaging almost 23 points per game and shooting 57 percent from the field, was held to 17 on 7 of 13 shooting. All but two of those points, though, came in the second half, with 10 of them coming in the final quarter when the outcome was never in question.
“Marshalltown has some quality wins and the way they shoot from outside, they can beat anybody,” Daniel said. “Appel is a force inside, but we just did a great job of taking high-percentage shots and buying in on the defensive end.”
The Bobcats came in with 63 made 3-pointers on the year, but were held to just 5-for-30 shooting from beyond the arc.
Clayton took over late in the first quarter, putting together a 13-point run by himself that took the Fort Dodge lead from 11-6 to 24-14. He finished the first half with 13 points.
“Malcolm is without a doubt the best guard in the conference in my eyes,” Daniel said. “I am happy he is on our team. We put a lot of responsibility on him and he delivers.
“He really is a complete guard.”
The Dodgers stretched their lead to as many as 17 in the fourth before Marshalltown made a run against the FDSH reserves with its starters still in the contest.
Jackson added eight points and nine rebounds, with Trey Mosley chipping in five points, three assists and three steals.
Fort Dodge hits the road on Friday, visiting No. 3 (Class 4A) Johnston (9-1, 4-0) for the first meeting between the two league foes.
FORT DODGE 58, MARSHALLTOWN 45
Fort Dodge — Trey Mosley 2-4 1-2 5, Malcolm Clayton 10-16 0-1 21, Jace Peterson 3-6 4-4 10, Ty Kershaw 0-2 0-0 0, Jordan Jackson 4-8 0-0 8, Aaron Porter 6-11 0-0 14, Rodney Tilawen 0-1 0-0 0, Grant Barber 0-1 0-0 0, Malihk Lockman 0-0 0-1 0, Tyreike Mericle 0-0 0-0 0, Frank Goddard 0-0 0-0 0, Edward Crawford 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-49 5-8 58.
Marshalltown — Austin Shomo 1-7 0-0 2, Joshua Melde 1-10 4-4 7, Bennett O’Hare 0-2 0-0 0, Jacob Smith 2-8 3-4 8, Luke Appel 7-13 3-4 17, Jaiden Van Law 0-1 0-0 0, Sunday Arou 2-3 0-0 5, Mung Khai 2-4 0-0 6. Totals: 15-48 10-12 45.
Quarter scores: Fort Dodge led 18-8, 27-19, 46-31. Three-point goals: Fort Dodge 3-7 (Clayton 1-2, Peterson 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Porter 2-2, Tilawen 0-1); Marshalltown 5-30 (Shomo 0-5, Melde 1-8, O’Hare 0-2, Smith 1-5, Appel 0-4, Arou 1-2, Khai 2-4). Total rebounds: Fort Dodge 29, Marshalltown 25. Steals: Fort Dodge 5, Marshalltown 1. Blocked shots: Marshalltown 1. Team fouls: Fort Dodge 12, Marshalltown 9. Technical foul: Fort Dodge bench. Turnovers: Fort Dodge 7, Marshalltown 10.