Dodgers win second straight

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Tysen Kershaw of Fort Dodge puts up a shot against Roosevelt on Tuesday

After a sometimes-brutal stretch to start the season, the Fort Dodge boys basketball team now finds itself on a two-game winning streak after getting past Des Moines Roosevelt, 63-50 in the Dodger gym Tuesday.

Three players scored in double figures for Fort Dodge, which ended a four-game slide with a 59-52 win at Sioux City North on Saturday.

“It’s huge to start to string together wins,” said FDSH head coach Tom Daniel, who now has 101 career wins at Fort Dodge. “I have to give our kids credit. It’s not easy when you go through a stretch like we did to start the season. You have to create your own energy. It starts with our seniors. They have set a good tone.”

Junior Tysen Kershaw led the Dodgers (3-9) with a career-high 24 points. Senior Jordan Jackson had 19 and Jace Peterson 11.

“When Tysen steps up like that, he’s hard to guard,” said Daniel. “Getting three in double figures is great. Petey did a great job and hit some big free throws. Jordan played well and Malihk (Lockman) hit some big free throws for us.”

The Dodgers had a huge advantage at the line, hitting 21 of 28 foul shots to just 4 of 7 for Roosevelt. Lockman was 6-for-6, with all six coming in the fourth period when FDSH pulled away.

Kershaw was 7-for-9, and Peterson 5-for-8.

Fort Dodge (3-9 overall) was whistled for just seven fouls, while Roosevelt was called for 20.

The Roughriders, which lost for the eighth straight time after a 2-0 start, were led by Romanique Hellems with 17. Marcus Edwards added 12 and Peter Ngo 10.

“Roosevelt is a really athletic team. I’m not sure what exactly is going on (during their losing streak),” said Daniel. “The Metro teams like to run, and sometimes when you tell your team to slow down, it becomes more helter-skelter.

“I thought our kids did a great job in the open court, and we were able to finish.”

The Dodgers led just 41-38 going into the fourth, but a 16-4 run to start the frame gave them a double-digit lead at 57-42 with 3:35 to play. Jackson had six points during that stretch.

“When we’ve been in situations where the game could go either way, we haven’t panicked,” added Daniel. “We did it again (Tuesday). I am really happy to see that.”

Fort Dodge led 10-9 after the first period and got it to 29-19 with 20 seconds left in the half, but Roosevelt got a bucket by Ngo with one second left to make it 29-21 at the break.

Roosevelt then scored the first six points of the third period to cut it to 29-28 with 5:30 left. Five straight points from Kershaw put the Dodgers back up 34-28 with 4:16 left.

It was 41-35 after Kershaw hit a bucket with five seconds left in the third, but again the Roughriders beat the buzzer, getting a three from Edwards to make it 41-38.

The Dodgers play the second game of a three-game week this Friday, hosting Mason City. Urbandale comes to town Saturday afternoon for a make-up game.

“The guys have done a good job of being resilient,” said Daniel. “The schedule has been a grind. We get them through this week and we’ll get a little break.”


Fort Dodge — Jace Peterson 3-5 5-8 11, Tysen Kershaw 7-14 7-9 24, Grant Barber 0-3 0-0 0, Dayson Clayton 1-7 1-2 3, Jordan Jackson 8-16 2-3 19, Malihk Lockman 0-3 6-6 6, Asle Thorson 0-0 0-0 0, D’Arien Calahan 0-0 0-0 0, Rodney Tilawen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-48 21-28 63.

Roosevelt — Marcus Edwards 5-12 0-0 12, Ty Walker 2-7 0-0 6, Peter Ngo 5-12 0-0 10, Romanique Hellems 7-12 3-3 17, Clarence Williams 0-3 0-0 0, Truman Morse 2-6 0-2 4, Myles Burkhall 0-2 1-2 1, Zerrick Gurley 0-2 0-0 0, Ramaun Ford 0-0 0-0 0, Jaden Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-53 4-7 50.

Quarter scores: Fort Dodge led 10-9, 29-21, 41-39. Three-point goals: Fort Dodge 4-11 (Kershaw 3-5, Clayton 0-3, Jackson 1-2, Lockman 0-1), Roosevelt 4-16 (Edwards 2-6, Walker 2-5, Ngo 0-2, Hellems 0-1, Morse 0-1, Gurley 0-1). Total fouls: Fort Dodge 7, Roosevelt 20. Technical foul: Roosevelt bench.