Lakers pick up pair of tough wins
Iowa Lakes battled a sharp-shooting Minnesota West team and was fortunate to come away with a 108-101 overtime victory during Saturday’s homecoming game.
Following that debacle, the Lakers turned around to take on the Sioux Falls Junior Varsity on Monday and had a slightly less tense game with an 89-74 win.
Lakers vs. Sioux Falls JV
The Cougars hit eight 3-pointers in the first half, but Iowa Lakes still led 49-41 at the break.
The Lakers had five players in double digits led by Robert Hill with 18 points while Eddie Boyce chipped in 16, Jeremy Winters 15, Robert Burns 14 and Dee Burrows 11.
Iowa Lakes (5-1) is at Southeast Community College in Burlington on Thursday.
Lakers vs. Minnesota West
The Lakers battled back from a 21-point deficit early in the second half and tied the game in the final minute to send the game into overtime.
Iowa Lakes controlled overtime from the start.
Burns hit a basket. Then a steal and layup by Darryl Davis followed by two free throws by Jeremy Winters and two by Josh Riser gave the Lakers a 98-90 edge.
The Bluejays finally began hitting shots in the final two minutes, but the Lakers made enough free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
“We’re still inconsistent and I thought our energy level wasn’t there at the start,” said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. “To our credit, the guys hung in there and competed. They made enough plays down the stretch to get the win.”
Iowa Lakes built an 11-point lead in the first half by putting an 17-8 run midway through the first half, started by a 3-pointer from Eddie Boyce and including seven of Armon Boston’s nine points.
However, the Lakers quickly watched the lead evaporate as the Blue Jays went on a 7-0 run and which was part of a 19-7 effort to end the first half.
A 3-pointer and free throw by the Bluejays Jordan Buddenhagen gave the visitors a 45-44 lead at the break.
Minnesota West still had the momentum in the second half starting with an 11-2 run until Roberts Burns finally made a basket, but the visitors continued to make shots with a Buddenhagen 3-pointer giving his team a 69-48 advantage with barely over 5 minutes gone in the second half.
Iowa Lakes finally began to reestablish itself with a 13-2 run capped by a Darryl Davis 3-pointer to make it 71-62 with 11:22 remaining.
Iowa Lakes’ two sophomores both stepped up with Jeremy Winters getting a putback and taking a charge as the momentum shifted.
Dalton Jones hit the next two baskets for Iowa Lakes, which cut the lead to eight, 74-66.
A 3-pointer by Dalton Jones cut the lead to three points, 87-84, with 4:12 remaining, but the Lakers didn’t tie the game until two free throws by Robert Burns with 52.7 seconds remaining in regulation.
Both teams had chances to win with Jones coming up with a loose ball after a Minnesota West miss. he was fouled, but missed both free throws.
The Bluejays final shot in regulation was deflected.
Davis led six Lakers in double digits with 21 points. Burns had 18 points, Riser had 13, Jones had 12 and Boyce and Winters each had 11.
Winters helped the Lakers to a 51-38 rebounding advantage with 13 boards. Jones and Burns each had eight.
Davis had a team-high three steals and Riser had six assists.
Iowa Lakes 108,
Minnesota West 101, OT
Iowa Lakes (108) – Dalston Jones 4-9 3-7 12; Eddie Boyce 4-11 2-2 11, Darryl Davis 8-18 3-5 21; Josh Riser 36- 6-10 13; Sam Adams 0-0 0-0 0; Julian Burton 1-4 0-0 3; Armon Boston 4 1-1 9; Ryan Hill 3-4 0-0 6; Walter Charlton 1-2 0-0 2; Robert Burns 5-1 7-9 18; Jeremy Winters 3-4 5-6 14; Dee Burrows 1-4 0-0 2.
Halftime score – Minnesota West 45, Iowa Lakes 44. 3-pointers – Iowa Lakes 7 (Davis 2, Jones, Boyce, Riser, Burton, Burns). Rebounds – 51 (Winters 13); Assists – 16 (Riser 6); Steals – 6 (Davis 3). Total Fouls – 28. Fouled out – none. Technicals – MW Logan Korkow.
Iowa Lakes 89, Sioux Falls JV 74
Iowa Lakes (89) – Dalston Jones 3 0-0 4Eddie Boyce 6 2-4 16, Josh Riser 3 0-0 8; Sam Adams 3 1-2 8; Julian Burton 0 1-2 1; Armon Boston 0 0-0 0; Ryan Hill 6 6-8 18; Walter Charlton 0 0-0 0; Robert Burns 5 4-5 14; Jeremy Winters 6 3-3 15; Dee Burrows 5 1-3 11.
Halftime score – Iowa Lakes 49, Sioux Falls JV 41. 3-pointers – Iowa Lakes 8 (Boyce 2, Riser 2, Hill 2, Jones, Adams. Total Fouls – 23. Fouled out – Adams, Burrows. Technicals – none