CIML boys' basketball: Preview of tonight's games

CIML boys' basketball: Preview of tonight's games

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CIML boys' basketball: Preview of tonight's games

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Type the word “parity” up in the search bar on this page. Press enter, and you’ll see a few scattered news stories and this CIML preview blog over and over again. The buzzword has been parity since the start of the season. Any chance you still don’t believe me? Check this out:
-> Hoover beat Roosevelt/Roosevelt beat Hoover -> Hoover/Roosevelt beat Lincoln -> Lincoln beat North -> North beat Southeast Polk -> Southeast Polk beat Waukee -> Waukee beat Indianola -> Indianola beat Ottumwa -> Ottumwa beat East -> East beat Marshalltown -> Marshalltown beat Fort Dodge -> Fort Dodge beat Johnston -> Johnston beat Urbandale -> Urbandale beat Ankeny -> Ankeny beat Valley -> Valley beat Dowling -> Dowling beat Ames -> Ames beat Mason City.
That’s every team in the CIML. There are more ways to get the flow of teams to work everyone in, but rest assured: it’s all as knotted up and tangled as this is.
All are scheduled to tipoff at 7:45 p.m.
Tuesday’s Games
MARSHALLTOWN (5-12, 0-7) at No. 8 ANKENY (11-3, 5-2)
Interesting note that I used in today’s CIML notebook: 84 percent of Marshalltown’s points have been scored by seniors. Ankeny’s seniors are starting to chip in more after allowing the youth to frequently involved earlier this season. Bryan Sumner led the Hawks with 28 points in two tough games last week.
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OTTUMWA (1-12, 1-7) at EAST (1-13, 0-9)
The Scarlets made the long drive back from Ottumwa on Dec. 18 with a double overtime loss and both teams’ highest scoring game of the season. A win came soon after for East, but they’ll expect more against the struggling Bulldogs at home. Carter Burns had 31 points and 12 rebounds for Ottumwa in the first meeting.
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INDIANOLA (3-12, 3-7) at NORTH (9-6, 6-3)
The Indians played well in the second half of the Dec. 18 matchup, but they were already out of the game. North is coming off its best win of the season (at Roosevelt) last Friday, where the Teyontae Jenkins-Terrance Bush exhibition found another audience. The pair took 27 shots, 13 three-pointers, and scored 34 of North’s points.
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LINCOLN (6-9, 6-4) at ROOSEVELT (12-3, 8-2)
Going 2-1 in a difficult week is understandable, but the Roughriders were bounced from the AP poll’s top ten. Saturday’s grinder of a win at Urbandale was a great way to bounce back for coach Chris McMahon’s team, led by Trey Burkhall’s 13 points. Lincoln came up short against Hoover on Kevin Kong Night, but hanging around is a skill; the emergence of Diew Deng and Sabonis Smith could be enough to put the Rails over the top.
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MASON CITY (2-14, 0-7) at DOWLING CATHOLIC (12-4, 6-1)
Mason City was the end of the flow chart at the head of the page, because their last win was over Charles City on Dec. 1. Senior Jason Kay is playing well, but can’t help break the now 14-game losing streak. Dowling seems to have the quality to beat anyone but Valley, and bounced back Saturday with huge win at Loras College over Dubuque Wahlert. Four players scored in double-digits.
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HOOVER (12-2, 9-1) at JOHNSTON (7-8, 3-5)
The Huskies are top of the Metro totem pole, but face two road games this week. At home, Hoover is 7-0 and has an average margin of victory of 16.1 points. The 5-2 road mark with a 7.1 margin of victory is nothing to shake at, but shows a little drop once the Huskies leave their home gym. Johnston went 1-2 last week and won the only game where Jay Knuth scored and had help in that department from Luke Jorgensen and Nick Stitzell.
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FORT DODGE (5-9, 3-4) at SOUTHEAST POLK (6-9, 2-6)
Losing a pair of road games to Johnston and Ankeny by a combined 6 points won’t add any wins to the Rams’ record, but could help build confidence. Southeast Polk’s variance is very much like team that only has one senior on the roster. The Dodgers have been party crashers, and got a win back over Marshalltown with 22 points from J.C. Hatcher.
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AMES (8-8, 3-4) at No. 10 URBANDALE (12-4, 6-1)
The J-Hawks are 3-3 in their last 6, and remain in the rankings. If coach Brad Bjorkgren was searching for tight game experience for his team before the postseason comes, they’ve gotten it over this stretch. Ames has been steadily improving since losing by 35 to Urbandale in the first game of the season, but stringing together quality wins hasn’t happened. Can Justin Sloter and Co. get one here?
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No. 7 VALLEY (12-3, 6-0) at WAUKEE (8-6, 5-2)
Peter Jok and Michael Jacobson deserve the highlights they will likely get, but the more important battles take place elsewhere. Valley’s small army of bigs will be tasked with Nate Gehring, while Waukee’s young wings will have to chase Clint Boffeli around the floor. What’s happening off-the-ball could be more important for coaches Jeff Horner and Justin Ohl than Mr. Jok making the crowd ooh and ahh.
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STAT LEADERS
Field Goal Percentage (Minimum 50 attempts)
1. Nick Noah, Urbandale — 59.7
2. Jay Schon, Ankeny — 58.3
3. Ted Friedman, Ankeny — 55.7
4. Nate Gehring, Waukee — 55.6
5. Gatlat Toang, Hoover — 54.9
3-Pointers Made
1. Terrance Bush, North — 46
2. Peter Jok, Valley — 42
3. Nick Jeffries, Southeast Polk — 39
4t. Nate Munn, Ames — 36
4t. Chris King, Hoover — 36
Rebounds Per Game
1. Gatlat Toang, Hoover — 10.8
2. Michael Jacobson, Waukee — 10.6
3. Allen Lazard, Urbandale — 8.8
4. Chris Bennett, Roosevelt — 8.3
5. Malachi Canada, Hoover — 8.0
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FRIDAY’S GAMES
Roosevelt at Ankeny
East at Lincoln
North at Ottumwa
Hoover at Indianola
Dowling at Johnston
Ames at Marshalltown
Fort Dodge at Mason City
Valley at Urbandale
Southeast Polk at Waukee

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