Bobcats in the red at East
DES MOINES – For the first time this season, the Marshalltown boys’ basketball team had a game that came down to the final possession.
Unfortunately, a pair of turnovers and an offensive rebound by Des Moines East put them in that position and the Scarlets took full advantage as Malique Ziegler’s 22 points guided the home team to a 48-45 win in a non-conference affair on Friday.
Bobcat senior Brady Arment hit three consecutive buckets down the stretch and the final shot put his team up one with 2:20 to play.
But Ziegler’s three-point play off a Bobcat miscue swung the game back to the Scarlets and they never trailed again. East gave Marshalltown a chance until the final possession after Jonathan Harrington and Colby Carmichael each missed the front end of one-and-ones in the closing seconds.
Harrington snatched the offensive rebound on Carmichael’s miss but Ted Kofoed made just 1-of-2 from the line to allow one last push from Marshalltown.
Aaron Hauser had a chance to send the game into overtime but his last-second attempt to tie the score was blocked by Hank Jackson. The victory for East was its second of the season.
“We haven’t been in that position yet this year,” MHS coach Scott Smith. “It was good to be in that spot, and we work on those situations in practice, but there is nothing that simulates that like an actual game.
“We didn’t execute as well as we could have certainly at the end. Having said that, we still had other chances to win the game. Really, it just comes down to executing a little bit better and making plays.”
The game was tight throughout. MHS led by four after one following a pair of triples by Dylan Diveney and another long ball from Arment.
Ziegler made sure East stayed in the game in the second quarter, but Marshalltown rallied from a six-point deficit late in the period when Hauser banged home a trey in the final seconds. The Bobcats trailed by two at halftime and were down four going into the exciting fourth frame. The difference in the game was East’s 15-9 advantage in the second quarter.
“We wanted to shorten the game up,” Smith said. “East has athletic personnel. I thought we did that. It came down to the final possession and that is something we can build from.”
Marshalltown, though, is now 0-7 in games against CIML foes. Smith will take the loss as a positive as the Bobcats were in the game throughout and had a strong chance to win on an opponent’s home floor.
“Our goal is to be in more games like this and give ourselves a chance to win,” Smith said. “I have learned way more from my mistakes than my successes. We don’t want to get down about the loss. We just need to learn from this and play our best basketball as the year progresses.”
The Bobcats had a final timeout to take before the final game-tying attempt by Hauser, but Smith elected to let the kids play and the Bobcats got what they wanted and nearly extended the game into overtime.
“We had a timeout left, but I like to put the teams in a scramble,” Smith said. “They executed what we wanted to do. It had to be a 3 and we got the shot, but give East credit – they knew it had to be a 3 and they made the play.”
Senior Mason McCarville was not 100 percent after tweaking an ankle against Boone on Thursday night. McCarville finished with three points, but Arment did his best to fill the void off the bench.
Arment finished with a team-high 12 points in the loss. It came one night after a 1-point performance in an easy win over Boone.
“He was upset at how he played last night. He was motivated in shootaround today to correct that. He gave us a big lift. It was good to get that production with Mason not being 100 percent.”
Hauser hit a couple of treys and ended up with 10 points. One night after putting up a career-high 29 against Boone, Diveney was held to nine against the Scarlets.
Ziegler was the only East (2-7) player in double figures. The Scarlets made up for that with an advantage at the foul line. East made 7-of-11 from the stripe, while MHS was 4-of-6 from the line.
The lights went out very briefly in the first quarter but did not delay the game more than a few minutes. The Bobcats came in winners of two of their last three, while East’s win Friday ended the Scarlets’ two-game losing streak. The other win for East came against Ottumwa. Marshalltown will travel to state-ranked Waukee on Tuesday and then will host Johnston on Friday and Urbandale on Saturday. The game against the J-Hawks is a makeup from a postponed game earlier this season.