Lakers win scoring fest
For basketball fans who appreciate offense, the Iowa Lakes opener provided plenty of it on Tuesday.
Darryl Davis scored 30 points as one of six Lakers in double digits in their 122-98 victory over the Dakota Wesleyan JV.
However Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson is looking for more defense from is young squad.
“Sometimes a win feels like a loss and this is one of those times,” he said.
After building a 23-point lead first-half lead, 67-44, Iowa Lakes won the second half by only one point.
“After getting at half, it’s hard for this young team to say focused,” said Larson. “From the last five minutes in the first half through the whole second half, we were done.”
Although Iowa Lakes led nearly the whole way, the Lakers didn’t start quickly.
Jeremy Winters, a 6-8 sophomore from Monona and the only second-year player, scored six of the team’s first eight points on putting back his teammates’ misses or his own.
The Lakers took a six-point lead at 21-15, but the visitors tied the score at 21-21 with 11:29 remaining in the first half.
Iowa Lakes then began a barrage of points which Dakota Wesleyan couldn’t keep up.
Robert Burns hit three baskets and Eddie Boyce knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as the Lakers pulled away to a 40-27 lead with 7:30 remaining.
Davis scored 13 points as the Lakers had a 26-10 run for its biggest lead at 66-37.
However, Dakota Wesleyan scored the final nine points of the half.
After pushing the lead to 32 points, 92-59, midway through the second half, Dakota Wesleyan was able to put run together that cut the lead to 17, 108-91, in the final five minutes, but Iowa Lakes pulled away down the stretch.
Robert Burns had 21 points, Boyce had 19 points, Ryan Hill had 17 points and Armon Boston and Winters each had 12 points.
Iowa Lakes (1-0) will be tested at the Northeast Community College Classic in Norfolk, Neb., this Friday and Saturday.
“Northeast is a Division 1 school which wins 20 games every year and Central College is rated 17th,” said Larson. “We’ll get a lot better feel of what it’s all about.”
Iowa Lakes 122,
Dakota Wesleyan JV 98
Iowa Lakes (122) – Eddie Boyce 7 2-2 19, Darryl Davis 13 2-3 30; Josh Riser 0 4-4 4; Julian Burton 2 0-0 5; Armon Boston 5 2-2 12; Ryan Hill 7 2-5 17; Robert Burns 10 1-2 21; Jeremy Winters 5 2-2 12; Dee Burrows 0 0-0 0; Chad Allen 0 0-2 0.
Halftime score – Iowa Lakes 67, Dakota Wesleyan JV 46. 3-pointers – Iowa Lakes 7 (Davis 3, Boyce 2, Burton, Hill). Total Fouls – 27. Fouled out – none. Technicals – none.