Bombs away: Bobcats bury Boone
Jordan Smith’s free-throw attempt with a little more than 3 minutes to play in the game Thursday summed up the Bobcats’ night on the hardwood.
The ball hit the back of the rim and bounced around a few more times before eventually falling into the basket.
It was that kind of game for the Marshalltown boy’s basketball team.
The Bobcats buried a season-high 11 3-pointers and two seniors had career nights offensively during a 74-47 win over Boone at the Roundhouse in non-conference action.
“Things flow so much better when you can shoot the ball well,” MHS coach Scott Smith said. “That helped us defensively, too. We had a little more hop in our step. They had active hands and did a good job of mixing up our defenses.”
Dylan Diveney made five 3-pointers and scored a career-best 29 points and also grabbed nine boards in the win, which was Marshalltown’s second of the season. Connor Johnson also poured in a career-high 16 points as the Bobcats stepped on the gas early and then put the game away with a 26-point second quarter.
“I thought all three of our captains led us well tonight,” said Smith. “They do whatever it takes for us to be successful.
“Mason (McCarville) has had his nights where he hits five 3-pointers, but tonight Dylan had the hot hand. Then Connor had his turn, too. The kids were moving the ball well and that was fun to watch. It was a good team victory for us.”
Marshalltown (2-6) came into the game 0-6 against teams from the Central Iowa Metropolitan League but are now 2-0 outside the conference. The 74 points scored by the Bobcats against Boone was the second highest scoring output of the year. The only game that topped that was in Marshalltown’s other win over Newton.
“We have rode an emotional roller coaster lately as far as our scoring goes,” Smith said. “We got a lot of guys in, but we wanted to go with our top guys even in the second half because we wanted to get some contiunity and confidence.”
McCarville helped the Bobcats to a 10-3 lead early with his five points. Boone, which has now lost three straight, hung around with a solid finish to the period, but the Bobcats made sure the Toreador momentum was brief.
Johnson’s three-point play and Diveney’s back-to-back triples opened the second frame and extended the Bobcats’ advantage to 24-9.
Johnson scored 10 of his 12 first-half points in the second quarter and Diveney put in 14 points and connected on three treys and a three-point play in the frame.
Marshalltown led 41-20 at the break.
“We just ran a motion offense,” said Diveney, who came in averaging a team-best 12.6 points per game. “We found the open guy and like to get it to the guy who is hot and tonight that was me.”
Bobcat sophomore Aaron Hauser had another tough night as he once again battled foul trouble. He did connect on consecutive 3-pointers early in the third to give the Bobcats even more momentum.
Hauser added another 3 in the period and finished with nine points in the game. McCarville ended up with eight, while Austin Kluver pulled down five rebounds and dished out four assists.
Jordan Smith was 6-of-8 from the line and ended the third with two makes from the stripe to push the lead to 30. That was the largest advantage for the Bobcats in the victory.
“We’ve had three really good practices this week and we deserved this win, played hard and fought really well,” Diveney said.
Sabin Hicks led the Toreadors (1-5) with 11 points, while Brett Slight had six points and seven rebounds. Boone did not make a 3-pointer in the game and was just 17-of-30 from the line.
That gave Marshalltown a 33-point advantage from the behind the 3-point line. The Bobcats also were 17-of-23 from the foul line.
“That’s a testament of the kids moving the ball,” said Smith of the big shooting night. “We also attacked the rim and got to the line. We had that inside-outside balance and that where we want to be.”
All 15 Bobcat players saw time on the court. Smith, Brady Arment, Jacob Shirar and Hunter Riedl all scored points off the bench, while Kluver also got into the scoring column for MHS.
All five losses for Boone have been by an average of around 26 points. The Toreadors lost to Newton by 30 and their only win came against Clarke, which was where Diveney transferred in from last year. … Boone’s leading scorer – Bret Romig – did not play … The Bobcats have now won two of their last three games. … MHS is scheduled to travel to Des Moines East tonight for a girl-boy doubleheader beginning at 6:15 p.m. There is freezing rain in today’s forecast though.