FD boys prevail as Daniel picks up win No. 100
Career-high 27 for Jackson at Sioux City North
SIOUX CITY — Tom Daniel was much too busy focusing on what was directly in front of the Fort Dodge boys basketball team to worry about the big picture here on Saturday.
The Dodgers won for the 100th time in Daniel’s 10-plus year tenure, defeating Sioux City North, 59-52. It was a milestone personally for Daniel, who became just the second coach in program history to reach the century mark.
Daniel was much more concerned with how the win impacted his current team than what it did for his own personal record book, as the Dodgers (2-9 overall) ended a four-game losing streak.
“The (100 wins) is not something I’ve paid much attention to, because none of this is about me,” Daniel said. “We were just working on (victory) No. 2 (this season), and then hopefully, No. 3.
“I appreciate the opportunity and patience the Fort Dodge Community School District has shown for the last 11 years. Maybe I’ll reflect more on it after the year is over (about reaching 100), but we have to keep grinding.”
The Dodgers got off to a good start, leading 11-4 at the end of the first period. They were still up nine at half, 23-14, on the Stars (2-7).
North outscored the Dodgers 24-15 in the third period to tie the contest, but FDSH put together a strong finish to pull away.
“We got off to a good a start in the first half,” Daniel said. “We got stuck a little in third and even got behind at one point, but we were able to weather the storm.
“This was a good team win. We went through some adversity in the game, but were able to maintain and get the job done.”
Senior Jordan Jackson had a career-high 27 points for the Dodgers. Junior Tysen Kershaw also reached double digits with 11 points, and senior Jace Peterson added nine.
“Jordan got his points, but this was a solid overall team effort and he’ll be the first to tell you that,” Daniel said. “Jordan doesn’t put up 27 without his teammates.
“Tysen scored eight of his 11 in the second half, and Dayson (Clayton) had some big rebounds and key minutes. Dayson and (Grant) Barber really stepped up.”
Daniel is now 100-133 at the helm. Hall of Famer Dutch Huseman (190-128) was the only other head coach to reach the 100-victory plateau during his 15-year tenure.
Daniel passed Connie Goodman (92-134 in 12 seasons) last winter for No. 2 on the FDSH win charts.
Fort Dodge is back in action on Tuesday against Des Moines Roosevelt. The Dodgers have four consecutive games at home, also facing Mason City (Friday), Urbandale (Saturday) and Marshalltown (Jan. 18).
FORT DODGE 59, SIOUX CITY NORTH 52
Fort Dodge — Jordan Jackson 27, Rodney Tilawen 0, Jace Peterson 9, Tysen Kershaw 11, Asle Thorson 1, D’Arien Calahan 0, Grant Barber 4, Malihk Lockman 5, Dayson Clayton 2.
Sioux City North — Tyrell Blakey 17, Trent Frerichs 15, Devonta Cobbs 5, Caleb Crum 2, Nate Reed 13, Cole Pierson 0, Trevor Welp 0, Payton Rea 0.
Quarter scores: FD led 11-4, 23-14, 38-38, 59-42.