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Lakers win shootout with Red Raiders

November 5, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

If you like basketball games with a lot of offense, the Iowa Lakes vs. Northwestern Junior Varsity was one to watch on Monday.

The Lakers seemed to get to the rim at will while the visiting Red Raiders lit up the basket from long range.

However Iowa Lakes was never really threatened in the 105-84 victory.

"It's not the type of game we want to play," said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. "Nobody was defending hard."

After shooting 77.4 percent from the field in the first half, the Lakers settled for 67.2 percent for the game.

Northwestern shot 15-of-22 from 3-point range (68.2 percent), but were just 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the field.

"It was a night when we had the better players, but we didn't play the right way," said Larson. "As coaches, we put a premium on playing the right way."

The Lakers pulled away midway through the first half and led 40-20 with about 6 minutes remaining in the first half.

Iowa Lakes kept that 20-point advantage and led 58-34 at the beak with Kelly Madison scoring 16-of-his game-high 34 points while Deondre Parks had 15.

Madison went to work to start the second half, scoring 10 points in about the first 5 minutes as Iowa Lakes led 73-46.

However, the play of the game was a rebound and full-court pass by Madison to a streaking Kevin Larson. The pass was long as Larson caught it under the basket, but had the sense to dish the ball to a trailing wide-open Parks.

That put the Lakers up 82-52 with 13 minutes remaining.

Iowa Lakes got a couple bad breaks after that. Six-foot-seven center Josh Schaben fouled out a minute later. Backup center 6-6 Mark Miedema entered the game and a couple minutes later sprained an ankle and was done for the night.

While Northwestern boasted several 6-5 players, the Lakers' next tallest player is the 6-4 Madison.

The Red Raiders began knocking down some 3-pointers. TJ Buyert went 6-for-6 from long range and Kade Olson hit 6-of-8 on the night.

But the closest the visitors got was 15, 90-75, with around 6 minutes remaining in the game.

The Lakers Ben Shellim and Madison both got inside for some easy baskets to keep the Lakers on top.

Shellim finished with 22 points while Parks chipped in 20. Diamontae McKinley and Miedema each finish seven points.

The Lakers were 14-of-20 from the free throw line (70 percent) while the Red Raiders were 13-of-18 (72.2 percent). The Lakers out-rebounded the Raiders 27-20, led by Madison with eight.

Larson finished the night with four of his team's 14 assists. He also had four of the team's nine steals.

Shellim had two blocked shots.

Iowa Lakes (2-0 overall) travel to Norfolk, Neb this Friday to play Central Community College at 4 p.m. and then play host Northeast Community College at 6 p.m. on Saturday.



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