FD boys crush Mohawks

MASON CITY – The Fort Dodge boys basketball team won for the third time in four games here Friday night, riddling long-time foe Mason City by a 64-30 final.

The 34-point margin of victory for the Dodgers (6-9 overall, 3-2 CIC Northern) over the Mohawks (2-15, 0-5) was the second largest in the history of the series, topped only by an 84-43 FDSH victory in 1998.

”We were very efficient on offense and the defense was steady,” said Dodger head coach Tom Daniel, whose squad is now 4-4 since the winter break after a 2-7 start. ”It’s always nice to get a CIML road win, and this assures us of a first-round home game in the (substate tournament), which is an added bonus.

”We got a lot of guys into the game but didn’t lose our focus or intensity. To double up any opponent is a rarity in this conference.”

Juniors Zach Martinson and Andrew Stover combined for 37 points on 15 of 19 shooting from the floor. Martinson out-scored the Mohawks (2-15, 0-5) by himself in the first half, 17-16, as the Dodgers built a 19-point advantage and never looked back.

Martinson (19 points), Stover (18) and fellow junior JC Hatcher (11) all reached double figures for Fort Dodge, which hit 18 of its 32 shots from inside the arc (56 percent).

”Zach gave us an offensive spark; he had the hot hand in the first half,” Daniel said. ”Andrew and JC both had good games as well. Tyler (Vaughn) didn’t have a lot of points, but he played great defense on their offensive leader (Matt Meyer was held scoreless).

”It’s great to be on this side of a complete performance. We’re building some momentum down the stretch (of the regular season).”

Mason City, which has now dropped 15 straight after a 2-0 start to the year, shot just 27 percent from the field and missed nine of its 13 free throw attempts.

The Dodgers travel to Southeast Polk (6-10) on Monday and No. 5 Sioux City East (17-0) on Tuesday.

Fort Dodge will square off with Johnston, which is currently 7-9, in a Class 4A Substate 2 quarterfinal on its home court. The date has yet to be determined.