The Iowa Lakes overcame a slow start with a strong second half in a 117-78 victory over the Northwestern College Junior Varsity on Monday.
The Lakers trailed 10-2 early, but went on 14-4 run to take their first lead on a 3-pointer by Alan Kwikwaki with 13 minutes left in the first half. Kikwaki’s second 3-ointer had the Lakers ahead 26-15.
The Northwestern JV began to hit some open shots and twice cut the deficit to two points, but the Lakers led 55-42 at the break, before outscoring the visitors 62-36 in the second half.
“We came out flat to start the game, our energy level wasn’t great but responded and played a better second half,” said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson.
The Lakers shot 59 percent (43-of-73) for the game, including 44 percent (11-of-25) from 3-point range and 83 percent (20-of-24) from the free throw line.
Boston Grimes finished with 23 points while shooting 9-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. For other players reached double digits, including Xavier Evans with 19, Dillon Carlson with 15, Justin Brookens with 13, and Kikwaki with 12.
The Lakers finished with 46 rebounds led by Kashawn Pegues with nine while Evans had seven. Brookens had eight assists and Grimes had seven.
Iowa Lakes (7-2 overall) will travel to Mason City on Saturday to play Central Community College as part of the NIACC Thanksgiving Basketball Challenge. Tip will be at 6 p.m.