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Lakers wrap up third place at Nationals

Larson hits milestone with 300th victory

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Apr 26, 2021

DANVILLE, Ill. — A win is always a great way to end the season.

For the Iowa Lakes men, the third-place game wasn’t what they were shooting for, but the Lakers finished the 2021 NJCAA Div. II National Tournament with a solid 90-71 victory over No. 4 seed Garrett Lake on Saturday.

The sixth-seeded Iowa Lakes finished the tournament with a 3-1 record, losing in the semifinal 69-61 to rival and No. 2 seed Des Moines Area on Friday. On Thursday, the Lakers defeated No. 14 seed Henry Ford 88-74.

“I am extremely proud of our guys and really appreciate how hard they competed,” said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson after defeating Garrett Lake. “Our guys were tired from playing four games in four nights and are bench really gave us a great lift. It really was an all-around effort tonight. We were tough on the defensive end got loose balls when we needed, we were able to get great looks around the basket which led us to making some perimeter shots as well.”

The victory also was a milestone for Coach Larson–his 300th as Laker head coach.

“I’ve been blessed to have a lot of good players,” the coach said, adding that he’s had many players continue their careers at a higher level.

“I’m just a guardian of the program for as long as I’m here,” he said.

Larson’s 300th win featured Keshawn Pegues coming off the bench to lead the Lakers with 26 points while shooting 10-of-12 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. He also had eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

“We just got Keshawn here for the semifinal game due to Covid, so it was nice to see him do some really nice things for us,” said Larson. “He’s a kid I’m really proud of. He’s a first-team all-region for us as a freshman (last season) and led the league in rebounding. He had a stress fracture all this year. He just got back for us at the end of the year and had 16 (points) and eight (rebounds) in the region final game. You could see tonight, he was making up for lost time.”

Iowa Lakes had a solid first half, taking a 50-35 lead at halftime. Garrett Lake, which scored 70 points against top seed Davidson-Davie in the other semifinal on Friday, rallied to within five, 63-58, with just under 9 minutes left in the third-place game. Pegues scored the next seven points as part of a 13-0 Iowa Lakes run over the next 3 minutes to help seal the victory.

Dillon Carlson chipped in with 20 points and Ryan Hall had 13.

DMACC 69,

Iowa Lakes 61

In the all-Iowa semifinal, DMACC again had Iowa Lakes’ number. The Bears had beaten the Lakers twice during the regular season, and jumped out to a 37-24 half-time lead.

Iowa Lakes rallied to take a 46-44 lead on a basket by Carlson.

DMACC hit a 3-pointer to take back the lead. The Lakers trailed by just two, 52-50, after a basket by Caleb Johnson with 5 minutes left in the game. However, DMACC went on an 8-0 run and held on for the victory.

“We were really poor offensively tonight,” said Larson after Friday’s game. “We couldn’t get in flow, and we held the ball too much. I thought we competed at times, and we did a good job rebounding the ball, but they were tougher than us tonight.”

Johnson led Iowa Lakes with 13 points and Carlson had 10.

Iowa Lakes 88,

Henry Ford 74

Taking on No. 14 seed Henry Ford in the quarterfinal, Iowa Lakes had its hands full in the first half, but took a one-point lead on a Kevin Cook basket at the break, 41-40.

The Lakers took the lead for good at 53-51 with 13 minutes left in the game on a Johnson basket. However, the Lakers didn’t start pulling away until the final 6 minutes of the game.

Ryan Halle and Xzavier Jones led Iowa Lakes with 17 points apiece while Cook had 16 points and 15 rebounds. Carlson finished with 13 points and Johnson had 12.

“We did a great job in the second half defensively holding them to 23 percent from the floor after they made 11 three-point shots in the first half,” said Coach Larson. “Our depth allowed us to pull away. Our freshmen bigs Johnathan Oden and Joseph Owens gave us a big lift and allowed us to stretch the game down the stretch.”

Iowa Lakes 90, Garrett Lake 71

Iowa Lakes (90) – Ryan Hall 6-10 1-2 13; Dillon carlson 8-12 0-0 20; Xzavier Jones 1-7 1-4 3; Caleb Johnson 1-5 0-0 2; Kevin Cook 4-5 0-0 8; Keshawn Pegues 10-12 6-8 26; Ozzie Meiborg 1-2 0-0 2; Colton Schutt 1-1 0-0 2; Cameron Tolefree 0-1 0-0 0; Johnathan Oden 4-5 0-3 8; Kadin Norris 0-0 0-0 0; Drew Johnson 2-2 0-0 4; Joseph Owens 1-2 0-0 2.

Garrett Lake (71) – Malik 3-16 2-4 9; D’Monte Brown 7-13 2-3 18; Davis Molloy 10-19, 1-1 26; Cameron Selders 3-8 2-2 8; Robel Desta 1-2 0-0 2; Lamont Powell 1-4 2-2 4; Antonio Marr 1-8 0-0 2; Marquis Gibson 0-0 0-0 0; Dalton Wiles 0-2 0-0 0; Anthony Crosby 1-5 0-0 2; Jeff Geddie 0-0 0-0 0; Kyree Jones 0-1 0-0 0; David Blanc 0-0 0-0 0.

Halftime score — Iowa Lakes 50, Garrett Lake 35.

3-pointers – Iowa Lakes 4-13 (Carlson 4-7); GL 8-25 (Molloy 5-9, Brown 2-4, Whitaker 1-4. Rebounds – Iowa Lakes 49 (Jones 8, Pegues 8); Assists – Iowa Lakes 19 (Johnson 8); GL 14 (Whitaker 5). Steals – Iowa Lakes 11 (Hall 2, Carlson 2, Pegues 2); GL 10 (Selders 4) Blocked shots – Iowa Lakes 6 (Pegues 3); GL 2 (Brown, Selders). Total Fouls – Iowa Lakes 17; GL 17. Fouled Out – None. Technicals – none.

DMACC 69, Iowa Lakes 61

Iowa Lakes (61) – Ryan Hall 3-10 0-0 6; Dillon Carlson 4-15 1-1 10, Xzavier Jones 3-9 3-5 9; Caleb John son 5-18 2-2 13; Kevin Cook 4-11 0-0 8; Keshawn Pegues 0-3 1-2 1; Ozzie Meiborg 2-5 0-0 6; Johnathan Oden 3-6 0-2 6; Joseph Owens 0-1 2-2 2.

DMACC (69) Willie Guy 5-11 4-6 15; Christian Haffner 2-6 8-8 14; Mark Bradshaw 3-14 4-7 12; Zach Hobbs 3-3 6-8 15; Ryan Schmitt 2-5 8-14 12; Devin Wade-Henderson 0-2 0-0 0; Jean Francoi 0-0 0-0 0; Goanar Biliew 0-2 1-2 1.

Halftime score — DMACC 37, Iowa Lakes 24.

3-pointers – Iowa Lakes 4-25 (Meiborg 2-5, Johnson 1-5, Carlson 1-9); DMACC 8-17 (Hobbs 3-3, Haffner 2-4, Bradshaw 2-7, Guy 1-3) Rebounds – Iowa Lakes 54 (Johson 9, Cook 9) DMACC 38 (Schmitt 11); Assists – Iowa Lakes 7 (Johnson 5); DMACC 7 (Guy 3). Steals – Iowa Lakes 9 (Carlson 3); DMACC 3 (Guy 2) Blocked shots – Iowa Lakes 2 (Oden, Pegues); DMACC 10 (Schmitt 9). Total Fouls – Iowa Lakes 33; DMACC 18. Fouled Out – Cook, Owens, Wade-Henderson. Technicals – none.

Iowa Lakes 88, Henry Ford 74

Henry Ford (74) – Sergio Stephan 1-3 2-2 5; Lorenzo Wright 7-14 4-6 23; Daniel Autrey, Jr. 3-11 0-0 9; Carrington McCaskill 2-9 4-7 8; Brandon Michrina 4-10 2-2 14; Cameraon McEvans 4-10, 3-4 13; Andrew Leamy 0-0 0-0 0; Riccardo Covin 0-2 0-0 0; Ricky Dixon 1-3 0-0 2.

Iowa Lakes (88) – Ryan Hall 5-8 3-4 17; Dillon Carlson 3-9 5-5 13; Xzavier Jones 6-11 4-7 17; Caleb Johnson 4-10 2-4 12; Kevin Cook 8-17 0-1 16; Keshawn Pegues 0-0 0-0 0; Ozzie Meiborg 0-2 0-0 0; Colton schutt 0-0 0-0 0; Cameron Tolefree 0-0 0-0 0; Johnathan Oden 2-4 0-1 4; Kadin Norris 0-0 0-0 0; Drew Johnson 0-0 0-0 0; Joseph Owens 3-3 3-8 9

Halftime score — Iowa Lakes 41, Henry Ford 40.

3-pointers – NF 15-37 (Wright 5-7, Michrina 4-9, Autrey 3-10, McEvans 2-6, Stephan 1-3); Iowa Lakes 9-21 (Hall 4-7, Johnson 2-3, Carlson 2-6, Jones 1-3); Rebounds – HF 34 (McCaskill 8); Iowa Lakes 49 (Cook 15); Assists – HF 15 (Wright 4); Iowa Lakes 17 (Jones 6); Steals – HF 7 (Autrey 2, McEvans 2); Iowa Lakes 12 (Jones 4); Blocked shots – HF 3 (Covin 2); Iowa Lakes 1 (Oden); Total Fouls – HF 22. Iowa Lakes 16. Fouled Out – McCaskill. Technicals – none.