No. 7 J-Hawks too much for Marshalltown

URBANDALE – It was pick your poison for the Bobcats.

And in trying to defend Class 4A No. 7 Urbandale’s versatile attack, both options proved to be deadly.

Unable to slow the J-Hawks’ attack in the paint or around the perimeter, the Marshalltown boys basketball team dropped a 78-40 CIC cross divisional matchup Saturday.

“They’re ranked (No. 7) in the state for a reason,” said Marshalltown coach Scott Smith. “They have a potent inside-outside attack and were a difficult matchup for us.”

Iowa State football commit Allen Lazard led the J-Hawks (8-1, 1-0) inside with 17 points, while Austin Shappell (12) and Brody Egger (12) did their damage from the perimeter as each hit double figures.

Playing their third game in as many nights, the Bobcats quickly fell behind 22-8 after the first quarter.

Marshalltown held its own in the second and trailed 36-21 at the break before Urbandale broke it open in the third, outscoring the Bobcats 19-8.

Senior De’Quan McDowell poured in a season-high 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bobcats, while senior Blake Gimbel tallied 10 points.

“I could tell we were a bit tired as we were short on quite a few shots,” said Smith.

Marshalltown (4-7, 1-1) gets a couple days rest before hosting Waukee Tuesday.