The Bobcats gave a glimpse of just how dangerous they can be in the first half.
In the second half, it was the Tigers' turn.
Racing away with a 25-5 blitz in the third quarter, Class 4A No. 6-ranked West Des Moines Valley seized control for an 82-53 victory over the Marshalltown boys' basketball team at the Roundhouse Tuesday.
T-R PHOTO BY TYLER STRAND
Marshalltown’s Blake Gimbel (34) drives baseline against Valley’s Tanner Hinkle (12) to earn a trip to the charity stripe in first-quarter action at the Roundhouse on Tuesday night. Gimbel finished with 14 points, but the Class 4A No. 6-ranked Tigers ran away with a 25-5 blitz in the third quarter to claim an 82-53 win.
Clinging to a 32-31 edge at intermission, the Tigers (2-1) sunk their teeth in on defense early in the third, springboarding their quick-strike attack to claim a 58-37 cushion late in the period.
"Valley is so deep and has a lot of talent. They brought out even more intensity in the second half and really took us of out of our rhythm offensively," said Marshalltown coach Scott Smith, whose squad turned the ball over on three straight possessions midway through the third as the Tigers tripled their lead from 4 to 12 in just over two minutes.
Peter Jok, who will suit up for the Iowa Hawkeyes next season, never seemed to lose his rhythm as he evenly spaced out his game-high 32 points between the halves, while getting his other teammates going after halftime. The 6-foot-6 senior scored eight of the Tigers' final nine points in the second quarter highlighted by a two-hand slam on a breakaway.
WDM Valley (2-1) - Trei Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Tyus Mason 1 2-3 5, Peter Nixon 1 0-0 2, Tanner Hinkle 1 0-2 2, Connor LaGrone 1 0-0 3, Jake Arriola 0 0-0 0, Clint Boffeli 6 1-2 16, Peter Jok 12 5-5 32, DJ Dafney 2 0-0 4, Luke Umble 0 0-0 0, Wes Brown 1 0-0 2, Tyler Springer 2 0-0 4, Tyler Williams 0 0-0 0, Tevin Williams 0 0-0 0, Cale Truhlsen 1 1-2 3, Trevor Elmitt 0 0-0 0, Merrick Macdanz-Marble 3 0-0 6. TOTALS 28 9-14 82.
MHS (0-3) - Austin Lovin 0 0-0 0, Mason McCarville 2 0-0 6, Alex Jensen 1 0-0 3, Eli Devine 0 0-0 0, Blake Judkins 5 2-2 14, Hunter Hillygus 0 0-0 0, Riley Wirth 3 1-2 9, Blake Gimbel 4 4-5 14, Tyler Kluver 0 0-0 0, De'Quan McDowell 1 1-5 3, Christian Guido 0 0-0 0, Kreighton Miller 0 0-0 0, Connor Johnson 0 1-2 1, Hunter Chamberlin 1 0-2 3. TOTALS 17 9-18 53.
3-Point Goals - Valley 8 (Jok 3, Boffeli 3, Mason, LaGrone); MHS 10 (Gimbel 2, Judkins 2, McCarville 2, Wirth 2, Jensen, Chamberlin).
"You can't completely stop a player like (Jok), but you hope to slow him down," said Johnson.
"Once (Clint) Boffeli and their other guys got going in the second half, they were able to pull away."
Boffeli poured in 14 of his 16 points during the Tigers' third quarter run including three triples, a layup and a three-point play to overturn 33-32 deficit in the opening moments of the quarter. Valley's lead never dipped below 18 the rest of the way as the Tigers (2-1) cruised in the fourth.
The Bobcats had the Tigers' attention from the opening tip as a 3 from Mason McCarville gave the home team an 18-11 advantage with a minute left in the first quarter. Valley quickly retaliated with an 8-0 surge to reclaim the lead briefly at 19-18 as neither team would get much breathing room the rest of the frame. The teams traded the lead six times in the opening half as the Bobcats had as many treys in that span, the last of which Blake Judkins buried in the closing seconds of the half to pull Marshalltown within 32-31.
"That first half really showed what kind of team we can be. I was really proud of our effort," said Smith.
"That was our best half of the season and hopefully we can build from that."
Judkins and Blake Gimbel paced the Bobcats with 14 points apiece though each did most of their damage early as the duo combined for 18 in the opening half. Riley Wirth added eight of his nine points before intermission.
"We couldn't get much going offensively in the second half and that's a credit to what Valley did," said Smith.
"We can take away some positives from the first half and now we have to get ready for Fort Dodge."
The Bobcats (0-3) host the Dodgers Friday.