Lakers light up NIACC
MASON CITY — Cornelius Vines scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and Iowa Lakes Community College broke open a close game midway through the second half en route to a 73-48 win over host North Iowa Area Community College Wednesday night.
Vines made six 3-point baskets in the final 20 minutes. After Joe Speth’s jump shot narrowed Iowa Lakes’ lead to 42-32 with 12:31 left, Vines made a pair of treys to key an 11-2 run, giving the Lakers a 53-34 lead at the 8:25 mark. NIACC eventually went more than five minutes without a field goal and made just 16-of-53 shots (30 percent) overall. ILCC (19-6, 8-2 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play) made 15-of-30 shots from three-point range.
NIACC opened the game with a 5-0 lead on a Jeff Loats lay-up but Iowa Lakes scored the next eight points and didn’t relinquish the advantage for the rest of the game. After going scoreless for a 4:26 span, Nate Haaland tallied the Trojans’ next eight points to keep his team within five points, 20-15.
However, NIACC shot just 27 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes (7-for-26) and the Lakers made five 3-point baskets to take a 34-23 lead into intermission.
Haaland and Loats scored 10 points apiece to lead NIACC, which fell to 11-16, 2-10 in the ICCAC. Tokie Aramona tallied six points and led all rebounders with six while Bernell Benjamin dished out four assists for the Trojans, who play a 4 p.m. ICCAC contest Saturday in Creston against Southwestern Community College.
Iowa Lakes returns to action Saturday at Cedar Rapids against Kirkwood.