Late run gets Roosevelt past Marshalltown boys
The Marshalltown boys’ basketball team expended a lot of energy trying to get back into Friday’s game after getting down by as many as 13 points in the second half.
Unfortunately for the Bobcats, they didn’t quite have enough late in the game to get over the hump as Des Moines Roosevelt used a 9-0 run in the closing minutes to put Marshalltown away for good during a 64-52 Roughrider win at the Roundhouse.
“The kids did everything we asked them to do and the mistakes we made are correctable,” MHS coach Scott Smith said. “We had the ball down three but couldn’t execute the way we drew it up and from that point on we couldn’t get back in it after they rolled off nine points pretty quickly.”
Marshalltown’s comeback was triggered by strong outside shooting from Dylan Diveney and Aaron Hauser. Hauser connected on four second-half 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 23 points, while Diveney added 17. MHS (0-2) went scoreless from the field in the final 5 minutes, though, which allowed Roosevelt to pull away.
“The big white elephant in the first half for us was rebounding,” said Smith. “We challenged the kids at halftime. We cannot use the fact that we are small as an excuse to not box out, that’s fundamental basketball 101. The kids responded and were much better in the second half.
Hauser hit a 3 at the third-quarter horn that gave the Bobcats a chance, down just eight heading in the final period.
“I knew if we could knock down some shots we could get back in the game,” said Smith. “We had open looks in the first half but just couldn’t knock them down.”
Two free throws by Connor Johnson and consecutive triples from Hauser trimmed the Rider lead to 53-50 but the final 3 from Hauser also was the last field goal of the night for the Bobcats.
Austin Kluver connected on two free throws with 21 seconds to play, but Roosevelt’s 9-0 run did in the home team. Two layups from Jordan Johnson and a 3-point play from Mario Manuel highlighted the final Rider spurt and Daniel Luckett put the finishing touches on the victory by drilling two freebies with 36 seconds to play.
“Aaron went off. He does that in practice sometimes and it was fun to see in the game,” Smith said. “The effort was there. We just have to rebound for all 32 minutes to give ourselves a chance.”
Manuel, who stands 6-foot-7, proved to be too much for the Bobcats (0-2) to handle inside as he scored a team-high 20 points on eight field goals – all within a few feet from the basket – and 4-of-6 from the line, while Luckett also scored 15 points. Jordan Johnson’s nine and the 6-8 Jamel Carter’s eight gave the Riders’ a balanced attack on the night. Three others scored four points and the Roughrider bench outscored Marshalltown’s reserves 16-1.
“It’s all relative,” Smith said of the bench production. “I don’t know that you need a ton of points off the bench if you have balanced scoring from the starters, which we normally do. Mason (McCarville) is very capable. He just couldn’t find it tonight. And Austin (Kluver) is capable, too. The shots just weren’t falling for them.
“As long as we are getting contributions from our starters, we’ll be OK. There is only one ball to go around.”
After Hauser’s 23 and Diveney’s 17, Connor Johnson added seven but no other Bobcat had more than two.
Marshalltown next plays at West Des Moines Valley next Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. … The Bobcats hosted their first-ever “Veterans Night” at the Roundhouse. Veterans were allowed into the game with their spouses for free and they were recognized between games. … Roosevelt (1-1) was a state tournament team last year but graduated several pieces of that 18-6 squad, including Chris Bennett’s 16 points and eight rebounds per game and Tate Larsen’s 10 points per contest. Jordan Johnson and Manuel combined to average nearly 16 points per game on that squad. … MHS senior Brady Arment did not dress after playing significant minutes off the bench Tuesday. Smith would not specify on Arment’s absence though.