MASON CITY - The Marshalltown boys' basketball team made a school record 16 3-pointers but settled too often for the long-range shot, surrendering a double-digit lead in a Central Iowa Conference Northern Division loss to Mason City, 75-68, on Friday night.
Dylan Diveney scored a game-high 25 points on the night, cashing in six triples in the Bobcats' record-setting performance, but Mason City still managed to rally back thanks to a 15-0 run to end the third quarter.
"They hit some shots, we missed some shots, they got some runouts and the momentum really turned," said MHS coach Scott Smith. "Basketball is a game of runs. We called a couple timeouts, changed some things defensively, but there was nothing we could do."
Four players scored in double figures for Mason City (4-9, 1-2), which picked up its first CIC North victory. Austin Hemmen led the Mohawks with 17 points, going 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter alone.
The two teams were tied at 53-all early in the fourth before Mason City broke free with a 9-0 run to seal it.
Jared Lichman chipped in 16 points, Jareese Williams had 15 and Matt Meyer 11 for Mason City, and Wyatt Cooper came up with nine points in the comeback win.
The Mohawks outscored Marshalltown 50-37 in the second half while erasing a deficit that climbed as high as 13 points.
Austin Kluver contributed 15 points, Aaron Hauser had 13 and Mason McCarville 10 as each Bobcat guard knocked down three 3-pointers. Brady Arment netted a triple as well for his only three points, and Connor Johnson chipped in two points in the setback.
"It's not like we completely fell apart but just left enough of an open door," Smith said. "You could just see Mason City had that composure on the court."
Marshalltown (3-11, 0-2) was saddled with its fifth straight loss heading into Tuesday's game at Dowling Catholic in West Des Moines.
"The kids played hard, gotta give them all the credit in the world for that, but we didn't shoot free throws well and midway through we lost our composure and settled too much for the 3-pointer.
"It's live and die by the three, and we lived by it early, but in the second half they weren't dropping when Mason City made their run. Give Mason City credit, they played very well in the second half."