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Tritons toppled – Vines knocks down game-winning free throws

By Staff | Jan 22, 2008

FORT DODGE — Trailing most of the second half, Iowa Lakes still didn’t let host Iowa Central get too far ahead.

The Tritons had chances to put the game away at the free throw line, but couldn’t quite do it.

The Lakers trailed 69-68 when the Triton’s Leterrious Thomas missed two free throws with under 30 seconds remaining. Thomas was 9-for-9 before that trip.

That opened the door for the Lakers’ Cornelius Vines who was fouled driving to the basket.

Vines knocked down both foul shots. The Tritons had two chances at the final shot and missed both as the Lakers escaped with a 70-69 victory.

“To go on the road, not play particularly well, and still find a way to win, is a sign of maturity,” said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. “I’m proud of the way the guys fought throughout the game.”

Iowa Lakes trailed 10-5 early, but began to hit a few shots to take a 22-14 lead.

The Tritons weren’t going away though. A 3-pointer by Thomas, who had 21 first-half points, brought Iowa Central within one at 23-22.

While the Tritons never took the lead in the first half, Iowa Lakes appeared ready to take 3-point lead into the lockerroom when Vines knocked down a 3-pointer, but Thomas answered at the buzzer to tie the game at 30-30.

Iowa Lakes kept the lead in the second half until a 3-pointer by Spencer Shelman gave the Tritons a 39-38 lead. Iowa Central pushed the lead to as many as seven points, but the Lakers made enough baskets to kept the deficit within a few points.

Iowa Lakes trailed 69-52 when Vines scored eight straight points for the Lakers to tie the game at 60-60.

Iowa Central scored the next three points, but Iowa Lakes kept answering to set up the end-game scenario.

Vines and the Tritons’ Thomas both ended with 30 points. However, Fox picked up his game with 11 points, all in the second half. Jimmie Marshall added nine and Mike Betts had seven points.

Iowa Lakes out-rebounded the Tritons 37-34 led by Mitch Bain with six rebounds.

Iowa Lakes (13-5, 4-1) hosts the Morningside Junior Varsity today at 7:30 p.m.