Lakers come over No. 13 DMACC
While Iowa Lakes’ Cornelius Vines is known for lighting up the scoreboard, the Lakers had a more balanced attack when Des Moines Area Community College came to town on Wednesday.
Mitch Bain led the way with 20 points while Vines had 16 and Jimmie Marshall had 13 as the Lakers pulled off a 72-70 win over No. 13 DMACC.
Also seven other players scored anywhere from two to five points.
The victory gives the Lakers a two-game lead over the Bears in the Region XI standings with Iowa Lakes improving to 7-1 and the bears falling to 5-3.
No. 2 Kirkwood leads the division with a 9-0 record.
Trailing by a handful of points with eight minutes remaining, Iowa Lakes’ penchant for winning games like this played a part in the Lakers making a run to take a five-point lead.
“For whatever reason, we played poorly, but we played hard enough and we expect to win those types of games,” said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson.
After taking the lead, the Lakers had chances to put the game away at the free throw line.
“I think we missed about six straight free throws, but we made the (defensive) stops,” said Larson. “Then Mitch Bain got an offensive rebound off the last missed free throw as the horn sounded,”
While DMACC and Kirkwood have dominated the region the last few seasons, Larson said this win may be what his team needs to get over that hurdle.
The Lakers (18-5) travel to Creston Saturday to take on Southwestern Community College.