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Lakers cruise past Blue Jays with strong second half

By Staff | Nov 29, 2013

Iowa Lakes started slowly against Minnesota West, but heated up in the second half for an easy 86-48 victory last Saturday.

The Lakers gave up a steal and layup to the Blue Jays to start the game, but then responded with a 10-0 run and never trailed.

Iowa Lakes struggled somewhat offensively, but the defense had limited the visitors to just nine points through the first 12 minutes of the game as the Lakers led 20-9.

After Minnesota West finally hit a couple shots, Colton Neff helped push the lead back to 10 with three consecutive baskets. After the Jays closed the gap to five at 27-22, Tate Harmon heated up, sandwiching a 3-pointer between two sets of two free throws to give Iowa Lakes a 34-25 lead with 10 seconds remaining.

A Minnesota West turnover gave Iowa Lakes 2.4 seconds to take the final shot of the half. Deondre Parks received the ball near half court, took one dribble and pulled up for a 3-ointer at the top of the key that fell through the nets to give Iowa Lakes a 37-25 lead.

Parks finished with a game-high 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Neff and Harmon each had 14 points and Love had 12.

The Lakers out rebounded Minnesota West 50-22 a margin of 28 and held the Blue Jays to 31 percent from the floor.

Minnesota West was led by Jackson Seitzinger with 13 points.