Marshalltown CC dispatches Dutch

Regardless of the final score, the Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball learned some valuable lessons again Wednesday.

Those lessons came the hard way early.

Overcoming a sluggish start, the Tigers used a 22-3 flurry to race past the Central College junior varsity 82-50 at the Student Activity Center Wednesday.

Chris Caird led a quartet of Tigers (19-7) in double figures with 14 points, while Matej Delinac and Marlon Williams each had 13 in MCC’s fourth straight win. Jamal Gatali chipped in 10.

The Dutch led 11-7 less than five minutes in as Aaron Rosenstiel scored nine straight points and MCC coach Brynjar Brynjarsson made the most of an early timeout to refocus his players.

“It doesn’t matter who we’re playing, Indian Hills or Central,” Brynjarsson said.

“The way we started, we were not mentally ready for this game. Our focus was poor and we didn’t play to our standard. Central took it to us right off the bat and they were ready to go.”

Brynjarsson’s timeout got his Tigers ready as they retaliated with three straight 3-pointers. Caird, Kenny Strong and Gatali each found an opening in Central’s zone defense to put MCC back on top.

Rosenstiel’s layup brought the Dutch within 16-13, before the Tigers held Central without a field goal for the next 11 minutes. A transition trey from Matej Delinac quickly pushed the margin to 10 and Lamont Adair later stretched the gap to 38-16.

Mike Iseman ended the field goal drought to bring Central within 20 with 1:44 left in the half, but the Tigers’ cushion never dipped below that the rest of the night. The Dutch shot 19-for-64 on the evening including a 7-of-30 effort in the first half.

The Tigers ended any comeback hopes early in the second half by outscoring the Dutch 24-8 out of the gates. MCC buried three more triples during the run and finished 10-for-20 from beyond the arc on the night as Marlon Williams capped the surge with a pair of baskets to stretch the lead to 68-29.

“The guys bounced back well and I was especially happy with how we started the second half,” Brynjarsson said.

“We actually started with some focus and a sense of urgency.”

The Tigers led by as many as 39 as all 12 MCC players tallied at least five minutes on the court.

Adair and Kenny Strong each chipped in nine points for the Tigers, while Terrell Clyburn had seven points and six boards.

Cameron Robinson chalked up five points, six boards and four assists as the Tigers made 14-of-22 field goals in the opening stanza and hit 57 percent (28-for-49) in the game.

Rosenthiel led Central (7-5-1) with a game-high 15 points, while Andrew Fritz had eight points and seven rebounds.

Marshalltown grad Austin Hauser tallied seven points for the Dutch and guarded fellow former Bobcat Pierce Kelly of MCC late in the second half.

The Tigers hit the road to face Quakerdale Promise Academy Saturday at 3 p.m. in New Providence. MCC won the previous meeting 101-79 at home Jan. 19, though Brynjarsson knows the Tigers can’t afford another slow start.

“If we’re just going to walk out there and think it’s going to happen for us, you’re fooling yourself,” Brynjarsson said.

“Every night that you step out on the floor, you need to make something happen.”