Ankeny boys clamp down on the ’Cats

ANKENY – Eighth-ranked Ankeny sped out to a 20-7 lead after the opening quarter and held the Marshalltown boys’ basketball team to a season-low 30 points in a 63-30 Hawks victory in Thursday’s cross-CIC make-up game.

Northern Iowa recruit Ted Friedman led Ankeny (14-4) with 14 points and had six rebounds, while Byron Harp had a pair of 3-pointers on his way to 12 points. Ten different players scored for the Hawks, who turned a 19-point halftime lead into a 34-point margin after a 20-5 advantage in the third quarter.

Blake Gimbel led the Bobcats (5-14) with eight points, while Mason McCarville and Tyler Kluver both connected on a 3-pointer en route to five points.

The loss was the fourth straight for MHS.

“Ankeny’s just outstanding again,” credited Bobcat coach Scott Smith. “They’re good, they’re very deep, and they’re well-balanced inside and out.

“They play such good pressure defense and we didn’t have a lot of turnovers, but it’s just hard to get off a good shot against them.”

The 6-foot-8 Friedman shot 6-for-7 from the field as the Hawks had a prevolent height advantage over Marshalltown, winning the rebounding battle 29-18.

“We tried to force them to beat us from the outside, but they got so many second and third chances. We just struggled on the boards against them. They’re a tough matchup for us and they’re ranked for a reason.”

De’Quan McDowell had four points and a Bobcat-best four rebounds, while Blake Judkins also scored four points.

Marshalltown closes out CIC Northern Division play tonight at Mason City. The Bobcats won 57-51 in their first meeting Jan. 18 inside the Roundhouse.