Dodger boys rout Bobcats

MARSHALLTOWN – The Fort Dodge boys basketball team had no trouble getting back on track here Friday night, cruising to a 73-48 victory over Marshalltown.

Down by three points entering the second quarter, the Dodgers (9-6 overall, 3-1 in the CIC Northern Division) pulled away behind a 27-6 run to close out the half.

With the win, FDSH snapped a mini two-game slide. The Dodgers also swept the season series from the Bobcats for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign.

“We were able to withstand that initial quarter, where we didn’t get off to the best start,” said Fort Dodge head coach Tom Daniel. “Our guys didn’t panic and just went to work. Holding (the Bobcats) to only six points in the second quarter was huge.

“Our defense was great, and we scored in transition by getting out and running.”

Senior JC Hatcher tallied 20 points and five assists for the Dodgers, while classmate Krunal Thakor recorded 13 points and four assists. Blake Wilder, another senior, chipped in eight points and 11 boards.

“We got some pretty balanced scoring,” said Daniel. “I thought our guys did a great job of battling. It was good to right the ship (Friday).”

FDSH shot 56.3 percent (27-for-48) from the field, while going 13 of 18 at the free throw line. The Dodgers committed 13 turnovers.

“It was a pretty solid performance,” Daniel said. “Putting up 73 and being able to rest the starters was nice.”

Aaron Hauser finished with 13 points to lead Marshalltown (3-13, 0-3), which dropped its seventh consecutive game. Dylan Diveney and Connor Johnson scored seven points apiece.

Next action for Fort Dodge is Monday when it hosts Sioux City East (13-3). The Black Raiders easily topped Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Friday, 67-47.