Most coaches are happy with a 20-point win-but not when their players don't play up to their potential.
Coming off a big win over conference rival and 10th-ranked Des Moines Area Community College on Saturday, the Iowa Lakes men weren't as sharp in the opening half against ABCD Prep on Wednesday.
With only a three-point lead at the break, Iowa Lakes pulled away for an 82-62 victory in the second half.
Iowa Lakes’ Kelly Madison (32) challenges the tall interior defense of ABCD Prep in the Lakers’ win on Wednesday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
"Mentally we weren't ready to play," said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. "We were lazy and didn't play how we know."
Larson said part of the responsibility does fall on him and the coaching staff.
ABCD Prep posed one challenge the Lakers don't see as often-height. Their starting lineup included three players listed at 6-8 with a 6-9 player coming off the bench.
Early in the game the Lakers were quicker to the ball.
Iowa lakes jumped out to an 8-2 lead with Kelly Madison opening with the first five points of the contest and the Lakers' 6-8 center, Josh Schaben, converted a three-point play.
The Lakers stretched the lead to 15-4 after consecutive 3-pointers by Madison and Ben Shellim.
But ABCD kept sticking around. After taking a 20-8 lead on Madison's third 3-pointer of the night, the visitors hit consecutive 3-pointers of their own to cut the deficit to six.
The Lakers responded with the next seven points-a 3-point play by Diamonae McKinley and four points by Schaben-for their biggest lead of the first half at 27-14 with 6:53 remaining.
Again the visitors starting knocking down some jump shots to get back within single digits. An intentional foul followed by a technical foul, both on Madison, allowed the visitors to shoot four straight free throws and cut the deficit to 37-33 with 2:02 remaining.
The visitors hit two 3-pointers in the final minutes to cut the deficit to 42-39.
In the first half, both squads were shooting well from the free throw line as the Lakers were 7-for-8 and ABCD was 7-for-7. The Lakers had seven 3-pointers to six by the visitors.
The second half was a different story. After ABCD scored the first basket to cut the deficit to one, Iowa Lakes went to work. Shellim, who had just the one 3-pointer in the first half, scored six straight points to jumpstart a 16-4 run as the Lakers led 58-45. Shellim's second 3-pointer of the night started a 9-0 run that include baskets by Kevin Larson, another by Shellim and one by McKinley as Iowa Lakes led 67-57 with 7 minutes left in the game.
ABCD matched the Lakers basket for basket the rest of the game, never making a serious run down the stretch.
Shellim finished with 20 points and three assists. Madison finished with 13 points while Schaben, Deondre Parks and McKinley each had 12. Larson and Tate Harmon both had four points while Mark Miedema had three and Justin Murphy had two. Miedema had a team-high seven rebounds-four on the offensive end while Schaben split his six rebounds evenly on both ends.
Ivan Lukic led the visitors with 20 points.
Iowa Lakes (9-4 overall, 3-1 in the conference) returns to conference play Saturday against North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City.