MASON CITY – Midway through the season, the Mason City boys basketball team, which returned very little experience from a season ago, is still developing the type of chemistry that will be necessary at the end of the season.
On Friday, the Mohawks played host to a tall and talented West Des Moines Dowling team that put a lot of pressure on the Mohawks from the opening tip in a 75-46 Maroons win.
“I needed to see us get after it,” Mason City coach Nick Trask said. “I thought we did that.”
Dowling, which had three starters and a key reserve who were all 6-foot-5 or taller, made nine of its first 10 shots in the opening quarter and jumped out to a 26-10 lead after the first quarter.
While the Mohawk offense improved over the middle part of the game, Mason City was never able to make a significant run to close that initial margin.
Dylan Miller, Mason City’s leading scorer on the season at more than 18 points per game, managed to net 11 against Dowling’s solid defense.
Avery Mellman, a sophomore point guard who has made the jump to varsity as the season has gone along, also scored 11 on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 shooting from the free-throw line.
“Mellman has been an amazing addition,” Trask said. “He is a true point guard we needed to fill a hole.”
Sam Ingoli scored 14 to lead four Maroons in double figures.
Mason City (2-8) returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Johnston for a game that kicks off a four-game road trip.
The Mohawks return home on Jan. 23 when they will play host to Ankeny Centennial.