A close one
Free throws aren’t the most exciting shot in basketball, but four of them by Jimmie Marshall in the final 13 seconds gave the Iowa Lakes men a 71-68 victory over Iowa Central. on Wednesday.
Trailing 68-67 with 13.6 seconds on the clock, the Lakers inbounded the ball to Marshall who made a move on Iowa Central’s Lettierous Thomas. Thomas fouled Marshall. The Lakers were in the bonus and Marshall made both free throws to put his team on top 69-68.
Iowa Central had 12 seconds to work with, but Marshall came up with a steal on the Tritons’ end of the court and was fouled. He again stepped to the foul line and made both shots.
“I was thinking it’s easy, easy–I do it every day,” Marshall said after the game.
The Tritons still had five seconds to get a shot off but Keith Kuenstiling 3-point attempt clanged off the rim.
Marshall led the team with a 23-point, eight-rebound effort, including 9-of-11 from the free throw line.
“Jimmie played the best game I’ve seem him play at Iowa Lakes,” said Iowa Lakes assistant coach Dusty Wadlington.
Iowa Lakes started quickly with a basket by Jackson Parr opening the game followed by two buckets by David Fox, all underneath the basket, for a 6-2 lead.
When Cornelius Vines hit the first of three 3-pointers on the night, the Lakers led 16-11 with 11:15 remaining.
However the home team went cold for the next seven minutes and were outscored 13-3 by the visitors with the Lakers’ only basket a 3-pointer by Zach Fenceroy.
With four minutes remaining in the half, a tip-in by Mitch Bain started a 12-0 run which included two steals by Fenceroy, a layup by Vines and six points from Marshall, including four straight free throws.
Mike Betts capped the run with a basket as Iowa Lakes went from down 24-19 to a 31-24 lead.
The teams traded baskets the rest of the half with the Lakers leading 33-28.
“We got into their style of play in the first half,” said Wadlington. “Iowa Central likes to slow the game down and they dictated the tempo.”
Although Iowa Central opened the second half with a three-point play by Kuenstiling, Iowa Lakes followed with an 8-0 run with two free throws by Fenceroy and back-to-back threes by Vines and Marshall.
But Iowa Lakes had another lull for the next 4 1/2 minutes which allowed the visitors to cut the deficit to four.
Iowa Lakes pushed the lead back to eight on Marshall third 3-pointer at 50-42 with 10 minutes remaining, but Schulz and Kuenstiling–both centers–stepped out and hit back-to-back threes to pull within two.
The Lakers held onto the lead until a basket by Thomas put the visitors ahead 61-60 with 4 minutes remaining.
The lead changed three times with the Tritons taking a 68-65 lead with 30 seconds remaining. Iowa Lakes went inside to Parr on an inbounds play and he scored a layup to bring the Lakers within one, 68-67 with 22 seconds on the clock.
The Lakers fouled Thomas, who missed the front end of a one-and-one, which set the scene for the final moments.
Vines was the only other Lake in double digits with 16 points, but Bain had nine and Parr and Mike Betts each had six points.
Iowa Lakes (20-7, 9-3) hosts Ellsworth on Friday. Game time is 4 p.m.
Iowa Lakes 71, Iowa Central 68
Iowa Lakes (71) – Jimmie Marshall 5 9-12 23; Bill Geelan 0 0-0 0; Mitch Bain 4 0-0 9; Cornelius Vines 6 0-0 16, Zach Fenceroy 1 2-2 5; Jackson Parr 3 0-1 6; Mike Betz 3 0-0 6; Joe Knoer 0 0-0 0; Jeremy Winters 1 0-0 2; David Fox 2 0-0 4.
Halftime score — Iowa Lakes 33, Iowa Central 28. 3-pointers – 8 (Vines 4, Marshall 2, Bain, Fenceroy). Rebounds – 39 (Marshall 8). Assists – n/a. Steals – n/a. Blocked Shots – n/a. Turnovers – 14. Total Fouls – 12. Fouled Out – none. Technical Fouls – none.