Running to the end
Down by six points, the Laker Alumni and Friends apparently were in striking distance of the 2009-10 Iowa Lakes squad in the annual alumni game on Saturday.
However, the Lakers stepped up the defense and the pace ending the exhibition game on a 23-1 run for a walk-away 93-65 victory.
“It’s typical what people expect for an alumni game,” said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. “The alumni are good players, but as the game goes on, they get worn down.”
The game started sloppily with the two teams committing three turnovers in the first minute before Alumni Jake Smith put in the first basket.
The scoring didn’t come quickly for either team as the Alumni showed they could play defense while the Lakers adjusted.
The Alumni took their biggest lead at 19-15 after consecutive 3-pointers by Dusty Wadlington and Matt Wilber.
A three-minute scoring drought followed for both teams until Darryl Davis hit a basket followed by two straight from Reggie Hearn to give the Lakers a 20-19 lead with 6:10 left in the first half.
The Alumni stayed close thanks to the inside play of Smith and Jake Kruse who pushed the lead back to 28-24.
The Alumni held a 32-30 lead at the break.
“It felt like we had 50 turnovers,” said coach Larson. “But it was nice to get out in front of the fans.”
The Lakers came out running to start the second half with an 8-2 stretch to go up 40-34-that included a 3-pointer by Darryl Davis and two baskets from Hearn.
The Lakers continued to run and built a 61-43 lead the Alumni began one more push that included 3-pointers from Lucas Hough and Scott Stokes and some free throws by Wadlington.
Wilber’s second 3-pointer of the night cut the deficit to 66-59which was followed by a basket from Mike Smith to cut the deficit to five, 66-61.
The Lakers were still within six when Wadlington drove the line and threw up a circus shot that made the score 70-64.
Iowa Lakes then put on the pressure.
Armon Boston and Davis combined for nine points in a 13-0 Laker run.
Ross Cody’s free throw ended the Alumni drought with 1:26 remaining, but the Lakers ended on a 10-0 run with Burns hitting a trey in the closing seconds.
The Lakers had five players in double digits led by Davis with 16. Burns had 14 while Hearn had 12 and Boston and Jerron Stone each had 11.
The Alumni were led by Smith with 15 while Wadlnigton had 14 and Jake Kruse had 10.
The Lakers open the regular season at home on Monday, Nov. 2 against Dakota Wesleyan Junior Varsity. The women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men at 7:30.
Iowa Lakes 93,
Alumni and Friends 65
Alumni and Friends (65) – Dusty Wadlington 2 9-10 14; Matt Wilber 3 0-0 8; Scott Stokes 2 0-0 6; Lucas Hough 2 0-0 6; Todd Hough 0 2-2 2; Ryan Faulstick 0 1-2 2, Scott Briston 0 0-0 0; Darin Moeller 0 0-0 0; Brent Horsley 1 0-0 2; Ross Cody 0 1-2 1; Mike Smith 4 7-10 15; Jake Kruse 5 0-2 10.
Iowa Lakes (93) – Sanquan Smith 2 3-4 9; Darryl Davis 7 0-0 16; Josh Riser 1 0-0 3; Eddie Taylor 1 0-0 2; Akeem Vargas 5 0-0 11; Jerron Stone 5 0-0 11; Nathan Joens 1 0-0 3; Eric Allison 0 0-0 0; Charles McNeal 2 0-0 5; Reggie Hearn 6 0-0 12; Walter Charlton 2 0-0 4.
Halftime score – Alumni and Friends 32, Iowa Lakes 30. 3-pointers – Alumni 7 (Wilber 2, Stokes 2, L. Hough 2, Wadlington); Lakers 11 (Smith 2, Davis 2, Burns 2, Riser, Boston, Stone, Joens, McNeal). Total Fouls – Alumni 7; Lakers 22. Fouled out – none. Technicals – None.