Busy week for Dodger boys
Fort Dodge will have a busy week, but they’ll be able to enjoy a three-game stretch in the comfort of their own gym.
The Dodgers (6-12 overall) will face Humboldt (14-5) on Monday, Des Moines Hoover (15-2) on Tuesday and Southeast Polk on Friday (7-11).
Fort Dodge will look to shake out of a three-game slump with a packed week heading into the postseason.
“Hopefully we get to build some positive momentum heading into the postseason,” said Fort Dodge head coach Tom Daniel. “We were close against Ames, so we have to do small things to move forward.”
In last season’s match up the Dodgers picked up a 59-54 road victory over the Wildcats.
This time around the Dodgers will entertain Humboldt to start the trek. The Wildcats are led in scoring by senior Bryan Larson (14.1). Classmate Michael Orness is scoring at 13.5 clip.
Sophomore Jaxon Heinz is averaging 12.4 points and has hit 37 three-point baskets.
“Local rivalries are always tough games,” Daniel said. “Our guys have seen these guys during the summer. Humboldt has caught my eye with 15 wins. They’re in a win-win situation by beating a 4A school.
“If they win it puts them on the right track heading into the postseason. We can’t go out there and expect to win.”
When the Dodgers turn around to Tuesday, they’ll face a Hoover team that has only been beaten twice. The Huskies are led in scoringby sophomore Chris King (12.8) and junior Malachi Canada (12.5). King has hit 39 three-point baskets on the season.
“Hoover is a tough match up,” Daniel said. “They can win ugly and they can win with style points – they just win.
“Their defense will create offense. We have to run some sets and use our screens.”
The Dodgers will end the week with a contest against the Rams. Fort Dodge suffered a 61-52 loss to Southeast Polk earlier this season.
Southeast Polk is paced by junior Nick Jeffries (15.8) and junior Tucker Kamman (10.4).
Jeffries has hit 48 three-point baskets and Kamman has hit 27. As a team the Rams have hit 132 three-pointers, while shooting 410 three-point baskets.
“We have to guard their shooters,” Daniel said. “We can’t give them any space.
“We just can’t let them shoot that many three’s. They hit some and then things multiple and they get confidence.”
Junior JC Hatcher is the leading Dodger scorer at 14.5. Also pacing the Dodgers are Zach Martinson (9.7), Andrew Stover (8.8), Tyler Vaughn (8.0) and Blake Wilder (6.9).