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Lakers avenge loss to NIACC

By Staff | Feb 14, 2014

Deondre Parks scored 30 of his 34 points in the second half as Iowa Lakes prevailed over North Iowa Area Community College 92-79 on Wednesday. The win avenged a 20-point loss to the Trojans, 9-57, back on Jan. 8.

The Lakers led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but scored just six points over the final 6:40 as NIACC cut the deficit to 37-28 by halftime.

The Trojans had the deficit within four, 76-72, with about 3 minutes left in the game.

But free throws by Parks and Love pushed the lead back to eight. Parks’ fourth 3-pointer of the game pushed the lead back to double digits, 83-72 with 2:02 left in the game and the Lakers kept the lead at double digits the rest of the way.

While Parks had just four points in the first half, Tate Harmon and Justin Sloter helped the Lakers get the early lead. Back-to back 3-pointers early on gave the Lakers a 9-7 lead. The two then hit consecutive 3-pointers again in the half as the hosts led 20-15. When Sloter then hit two more 3-pointers, the Lakers led 28-16. A 3-pointer by Emmanuel Golong gave Iowa Lakes a 31-16 advantage with 6:40 remaining.

But NIACC regrouped and started attacking the basket more aggressively. Sloter and Harmon both went to the bench with two fouls. Despite a 7-0 run by the visitors, the Lakers led 37-28 at the break.

Parks went to work immediately in the second half with a 3-pointer followed by conversion of a three-point play. After a basket by Colton Neff, Parks hit another 3-pointer followed by a layup to give the Lakers their biggest lead at 50-32.

The Lakers still led 57-40 after two free throws by Parks, but the visitors put together a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to seven. Three-pointers by Diamontae McKinley and Parks pushed the Lakers lead back to 13, 65-52 with 10:30 remaining in the game.

NIACC began its final push after a Harmon 3-pointer gave the Lakers a 74-64 lead with 7 minutes left in the game.

Sloter and Latrell Love both finished with 15 points. Sloter was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Harmon finished with 13 points while Neff, McKinley and Golong each had five. Harmon also had seven rebounds and five assists. Parks had five assists while Sloter had four. Love had seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.

The Lakers shot 50 percent (28-of-56) from the floor including 14-of-44 (58.3 percent) from 3-point range.

Iowa Lakes shot 75.9 percent (22-of-29) from the free throw line while NIACC shot 82.4 percent (28-of-34) from the charity stripe.

David Humphries and Sam Skogen led NIACC with 18 points apiece while Alexander Davis and Matthew Don each had 15.

Iowa Lakes (16-7 overall, 7-3 in the ICCAC) travels to Cedar Rapids to play Kirkwood today. The Lakers host the Waldorf Junior Varsity on Monday at 7:30 p.m. and host DMACC at 7:30 on Wednesday.

Defense scarce in Laker loss

FORT DODGE – Iowa Central made 8-of-10 free throws in the final minute to secure a 102-96 victory over 19th-ranked Iowa Lakes on Saturday.

The high-scoring game saw identical scores for each half, with the Tritons winning each 51-48.

Iowa Central’s Dylan Travis erupted for 37 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field including 5-of-9 from 3-point range and 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

Iowa Central made 33-of-54 shots (61.1 percent) while Iowa Lakes shot 33-of-64 (51.6 percent).

Deondre Parks nearly matched Travis’ total as the Laker sophomore finished with 34 points on 9-of-17 shooting, including 14-of-15 from the free throw line, where the Lakers were 21-of-28 (75 percent) as a team. The Tritons even did better there, as they were 26-of-31 (83.9 percent) from the line.

For the Lakers, Colton Neff finished with 21 points, Justin Sloter had 14, Diamontae McKinley had 10, Latrell Love had seven, Brandon Boggs and Tate Harmon each had three and Emmanuel Golong and Jake Janssen each had two points.