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Dodgers struggle at DM Lincoln

DES MOINES — In two games Tom Daniel has seen his Fort Dodge boys basketball team play at both ends of the spectrum.

On Monday night the Dodgers gritted out a two-point victory over Indianola in their season opener. On Tuesday, the Dodgers (1-1 overall) struggled in all phases of the game, losing to Des Moines Lincoln 64-31.

“We shot the ball terrible and played bad in every phase of the game,” Daniel said. “Our defense was not good and our offense was even worse. We shot less than 50 percent from the free throw line. As well as we played against Indianola, (last night) was the complete opposite.”

The Dodgers had a strong opening quarter, trailing by only two. But an eight-point second and four-point third was too much to overcome.

“We’re not going to win giving up 60 points,” Daniel said. “For us to win we need to keep opponents in th 50s.

“There are no excuses. The kids played hard and they tried. Our focus was off and that’s on me.”

Tysen Kershaw led the Dodgers with seven points, while Asle Thorson and Monterius Altman-Abrams had six each.

“We can’t get to high or to low on ourselves,” Daniel said. “We’ve seen both ends of the spectrum. Our zone offense needs a tremendous amount of work. We’re not getting the ball in position.”

The Dodgers are back in action on Friday when they travel to face Ankeny.

DES MOINES LINCOLN 64, FORT DODGE 31

Fort Dodge — Sam Daniel 0, Asle Thorson 6, Tre Preston 2, Nolan Daniel 2, Tysen Kershaw 7, Brycen Bell 0, D’Arien Calahan 0, Jaheim Clayton 4, Monterius Altman-Abrams 6, Averey Martin 1, James Daniel 1, Logan McIlrath 2.

Quarter scores: DML led 13-11, 30-19, 42-23.