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BREAKING NEWS

Lakers take down Ellsworth

By Staff | Feb 5, 2008

IOWA FALLS — The No. 15 Iowa Lakes men’s basketball team protected its new ranking with a 77-65 victory over Ellsworth on Saturday.

The victory sets up a key match up with Des Moines Area Community College on Wednesday.

The Lakers (17-5, 6-1) currently are second in the region standings. A victory over DMACC (16-4, 5-2) could give them more solid hold on second place.

“DMACC went to nationals last year. A win over them would help us separate from the pack,” said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson.

Against Ellsworth on Saturday, sophomore Cornelius Vines was the only player to reach double digits with a 33-point effort.

“He’s been playing better, especially on the road,” said Larson. “He was a little loose with the ball in the first half. The second half we played really well.”

Vines also had a team-high seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.

The coach said his team had an eight-to-10 point lead in the first half, but allowed the Panthers to cut the deficit to two, 35-33, by halftime.

“Our trend this season is we don’t put people away,” he said. “We hope to turn that around.”

However, he said the Lakers defended the “best we have in a month.”

The Lakers got nine points from Zach Fenceroy, who was 2-of-3 from 3-point range and nine points from post player David Fox.

Wednesday game with DMACC will start around 7:30 p.m.

No. 15 Iowa Lakes 77, Ellsworth 65

Iowa Lakes (77) – Dalston Jones 1 0-0 3; Jimmie Marshall 1 2-3 4; Bill Geelan 1 0-0 3; Mitch Bain 3 2-2 8; Cornelius Vines 12 4-9 33, Zach Fenceroy 3 1-2 9; Jackson Parr 1 0-0 2; Joe Knoer 1 0-0 2; David Fox 4 1-5 9.

Halftime score — Iowa Lakes 35, Ellsworth 33. 3-pointers – 9 (Vines 5, Fenceroy 2, Jones, Geelan). Rebounds – 37 (Vines 7). Assists – 11 (Vines 6). Steals – 14 (Vines 3). Blocked Shots – 1 (Fox). Turnovers – 12. Total Fouls – 25. Fouled Out – none. Technical Fouls – none.