CIML basketball: Preview of tonight's boys' games

CIML basketball: Preview of tonight's boys' games

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CIML basketball: Preview of tonight's boys' games

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Friday and Saturday were filled with huge early season CIML matchups, and the four league teams that were ranked last week all lost.
Ankeny and Valley lost games at Wells Fargo Arena to outstanding visitors from Minnesota and Kansas, Minneapolis DeLaSalle and Blue Valley Northwest. Then-No. 10 Dowling lost to Valley, and the formerly-No. 3 J-Hawks lost to Johnston in last week’s Urbandale-Johnston-Waukee round robin.
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All games tip off at 7:45 p.m.
Tuesday’s Games
JOHNSTON (2-2) at AMES (2-3)
Dowling Catholic’s #42 Jon Wisnieski, left, goes to the basket as Valley’s #22 Clint Boffeli, right, looked on in boys’ basketball game at Dowling Catholic High School on Friday night Dec. 7th, 2012. Photo by BILL NEIBERGALL
The last of three straight road games for the Dragons, both Johnston and Ames are coming off Friday wins. The Little Cyclones had shooting practice at Mason City, scoring 50 points in the first half and getting 24 points from senior Nate Munn. Johnston knocked off rival Urbandale by making hustle plays — Jay Knuth had five blocks and Luke Jorgenson snagged 15 rebounds.
No. 3 ANKENY (4-1) at DOWLING (2-2)
The Hawks’ Saturday loss to DeLaSalle was nothing to hang heads over; AP voters largely felt the same way, only dropping from 2 to 3. Dowling doesn’t have a player like DeLaSalle’s Reid Travis, but the Maroons will be hungry to bounce back from a pair of overtime losses on Friday and Saturday. Senior Jon Wisnieski didn’t play on Saturday (visiting UI), so 6-4 senior Grant Otte has taken initiative inside with 28 points and 29 rebounds in those two losses.
NORTH (3-2) at LINCOLN (2-2)
The high-scoring Polar Bears will travel to the South Side to play a Lincoln team that appears ready to pour in points with them. Terrance Bush had a strong week for North, hitting 10 treys and scoring 49 points in a win over East and loss at Urbandale. Sabonis Smith is nearly as prolific offensively, coming on strong for Lincoln in his junior season. The Rails play four straight city games before winter break.
INDIANOLA (0-4) at MARSHALLTOWN (2-3)
An interesting matchup for both teams. Marshalltown is Indianola’s first opponent where the big, lane-swallowing lineup can dominate around the basket. But the Bobcats are coming off a win Monday at Newton, where the senior Blakes — Gimbel and Judkins — combined for 39 points and hit five 3-pointers.
No. 9 URBANDALE (4-1) at MASON CITY (2-2)
Urbandale’s Austin Shappell goes up against Fort Dodge’s (40) Zachary Martinson to score. (Andrea Melendez/The Register)
Last week was tough for the Mohawks defensively, and they’ll welcome an Urbandale team that has a season-low of 57 points. The J-Hawks bounced back from the Johnston loss with another balanced effort against North, getting Denny Agic, Nick Noah, Austin Shappell and Jaylen Alexander into double-digits. Mason City got 19 points from young Austin Hemmen against Ames, a positive sign as junior Matt Meyer’s offense comes back to earth.
HOOVER (3-1) at OTTUMWA (0-4)
This is Hoover’s last real road trip until mid-February, a scary thought as the young Huskies start to find their legs. The Ottumwa offense is scoring just 43.5 points per game in this winless start, led by sophomore Carter Burns’ 13.5 ppg. Hoover has shown the ability to excel in transition with Chris King, Malachi Canada and Alijah Thomas all capable scorers.
EAST (0-4) at ROOSEVELT (3-1)
The Scarlets have yet to stay within 30 points of an opponent, and coach Jamel Crawford is still working to find positive lineups on his short bench. Roosevelt has won three straight, including Chris Bennett’s 32 point frenzy against Indianola on Friday. Coach Chris McMahon will work hard to keep the young Roughriders focused.
SOUTHEAST POLK (3-1) at No. 7 VALLEY (3-2)
Peter Jok driving to the basket against Blue Valley Northwest of Overland Park, Kan. in Saturday’s Heartland Shootout. Jok had 31 points. (BILL NEIBERGALL/THE REGISTER)
This whistles can’t be blown on Valley much more than last weekend’s 53 fouls against Dowling and Blue Valley Northwest. The calls were too much to overcome on Saturday, and Southeast Polk brings in a similar lineup in style and size to take on the Tigers. The Rams’ talented guards were stifled against Ankeny on Friday, and Valley coach Jeff Horner’s lineup decisions will likely shape the battle.
FORT DODGE (1-3) at WAUKEE (2-2)
Last week had a pair of single-digit losses for Fort Dodge, including a late giveaway on Friday at Marshalltown. The Dodgers have had three scorers with at least 10 points in the last two games. Waukee has had a week to recover from a brutal early season slate and prepare. Sophomore Michael Jacobson had the best varsity performance of his young career, putting up 20 points and 16 rebounds in last Tuesday’s win over Johnston. Anything close to that would outdo Fort Dodge’s capabilities in the paint.

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