Boys' basketball: Previewing this weekend's games in the CIML

Boys' basketball: Previewing this weekend's games in the CIML

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Boys' basketball: Previewing this weekend's games in the CIML

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Welcome to the first CIML boys’ basketball blog of the season!
Last season we ran team analysis in Tuesday’s CIML notebook and blogs previewing games on Fridays.
We’ll continue that for the 2013-14 campaign.
And since Tuesday’s season preview capsules didn’t have team analysis, we’ll break down each CIML squad in action this weekend.
Fort Dodge (1-1) and Ottumwa (0-1) will be exempt; they’re off until next week.
All Friday games tipoff at 7:45 p.m.
FRIDAY’S GAMES
Lincoln (0-1) at Ames (0-1)
About Lincoln: Valley’s depth and speed may have been troublesome on Tuesday night, but the Railsplitters didn’t even get a scorer in double figures. Returning starters Josh Bolokor, Nate Brown and Sabonis Smith combined for just 16 points, which won’t be enough given the offseason departures of Diew Deng and Emmanuel Mabior.
About Ames: The Little Cyclones led Urbandale by a point heading into the fourth quarter on Tuesday night before losing 62-52. Top returning scorers Sam Straub and Spencer Shane led the way with 17 and 10, but they’ll need more help as the season goes on. Last season’s Ames team (13-10) was the only Northern Division club to finish above .500 in the last two years.
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Valley (1-0) at Ankeny (0-1)
About Valley: Scoring would have been an easy pick for Valley’s early season vice after losing Peter Jok, but the Tigers poured in 74 points on opening night against Lincoln. Starters Tyus Mason, Trei Mitchell, Connor LaGrone and Luke Umble all have some varsity experience, but more big games from sophomores Carlo Marble (12 points) and Turner Scott (10 points, 3 assists).
About Ankeny: Coach John Petersen and his system are proven, even if his players aren’t, and the Hawks did enough on Tuesday night to earn a 76-72 win at Ottumwa. That included slowing down Ottumwa star Carter Burns for just 13 points and eight rebounds. Zach Morrissey and Jordan Saddoris are the only two players that had logged a varsity minute before the season opener.
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Hoover (1-0) at Ankeny Centennial (1-0)
About Hoover: Still short, still fast, the defending Metro champs return four starters. But will the the increased foul calls and emphasis on perimeter handchecks effect the Huskies’ defense? Tuesday’s night’s win at Marshalltown was too early to tell, especially with Malachi Canada covering up any potential cracks with 26 points.
About Ankeny Centennial: A limited Indianola roster packed the lane during Tuesday’s season opener, causing the Jaguars some scoring struggles and a near-collapse late. The starting lineup got great experience as Hawks, but being Eastern Division favorites will be a new one. More double-digit nights from Jay Schon, Byron Harp and Jamie Montgomery will help.
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Dowling Catholic (1-0) at Davenport Central (1-0)
About Dowling: Jack Green looked like a leader in Tuesday’s tight win at Roosevelt, and he’s got talent following him. The Maroons get small once 6-8 sophomore Ted Brown comes off the court and will combat that with defensive pressure. Another test of mettle is coming as they take on an improved Blue Devil team at the imposing George Marshall Gym.
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Urbandale (1-0) at East (0-1)
About Urbandale: A late victory against Ames featuring three players in double-digits scoring, and not one of them was named Allen Lazard? Coach Brad Bjorkgren couldn’t have drawn that up. Lazard still finished with nine points, nine boards and eight assists, and can help guide the J-Hawks through tight contests.
About East: Southeast Polk had too many shooters for the Scarlets to defend in a rough 79-48 loss, but Malique Ziegler and Hank Jackson continue to produce. The schedule doesn’t ease up until after winter break.
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Roosevelt (0-1) at Marshalltown (0-1)
About Roosevelt: Falling on a last-second shot to Dowling does not constitute a bad opening night loss. The Roughriders have plenty to take away from Tuesday, including the attacking ability of Lincoln transfer Diew Deng and Jordan Johnson’s handle finding passing windows. The next step is to get Johnson’s passes consistently into the paint, where big men Mario Manuel and Jamel Carter can get to work.
About Marshalltown: The Bobcats will be scheming all season long as coach Scott Smith doesn’t have a player over 6-3 to work with. Sophomore Aaron Hauser led the group with 11 points in Tuesday’s loss to Hoover. Senior Dylan Diveney scored 13 points per game for Clarke of Osceola last season, and will have to adjust to CIML play quickly to make a big impact.
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Johnston (0-0) at North (1-0)
About Johnston: Familiar role players will take the floor in the Dragons’ season opener hoping to start a brutal early season schedule with a victory. They’ll do so without star forward Jay Knuth, benched with a suspension. Guard Nick Stitzell will likely carry the load after averaging 9.7 points last season.
About North: Fans won’t want to sit and watch the Polar Bears shoot 46 free throws again, but they’ll stick around if Teyontae Jenkins goes 8-of-10 from the field for 24 points. North’s offense often forces defenses to pick their poison, and if Jenkins keeps shooting efficiently, more defenses will drop.
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Indianola (0-1) at Waukee (1-0)
About Indianola: With big man Keegan Render out due to injury, the Indians went zone defensively against Ankeny Centennial and nearly completed a big comeback on Tuesday night. Scrapping together 62 points in a season opener wasn’t bad either, considering they topped that mark just twice last season.
About Waukee: How much of the load can the Warrior big men carry this season? If Tuesday’s win at Linn-Mar was any indication, a pretty heavy one. Michael Jacobson, Nate Gehring and Anthony Nelson combined for 49 of the team’s 56 points and may have to keep it up until 3-point shots start falling.
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SATURDAY’S GAMES
Charles City (0-1) at Mason City (1-0)
About Mason City: Starting the season with a pair of Class 3-A opponents has led to one high-scoring victory for the Mohawks. Sophomore Jareese Williams had 21 points and four 3-pointers against Forest City on Tuesday, with senior Matt Meyer chipping in 18 points. Mason City is playing six games outside the CIML this season.
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Dallas Center-Grimes (1-0) at Southeast Polk (1-0)
About Southeast Polk: No team in Class 4-A took more 3-pointers than the Rams did last season, and they picked right where they left off on Tuesday against East. Southeast Polk attempted 32 treys, with Tucker Kamman hitting four and Nick Jeffries three. Dallas Center-Grimes was a state team in Class 3-A last season and will be a fantastic nonconference challenge. Wish the Mustangs could get more CIML opponents on their schedule.

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