With both teams shooting over 50 percent from the field, the little things decided Iowa Lakes' season opening 96-70 victory over the Dordt Junior Varsity.
The Lakers out-rebounded their opponent 26-19 (8-1 on the offensive glass) and had just six turnovers to 11 for the Defenders.
Iowa Lakes also got to the free throw line more often, making 23-of-27 while Dordt shot 13-of-14.
Iowa Lakes’ Kevin Larson (5) battles for a loose ball. Larson is one of two returning players for the 2012-13 Iowa Lakes Men’s Basketball Team.
EDN photo by David Swartz
"With just having two guys that have played college ball, we did all right," said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson, who begins his sixth season as head coach. "We did a decent job controlling the glass."
Iowa Lakes opened up with a 6-0 lead and advanced to 16-5 with all the Laker points coming from layups or free throws.
DeOndre Parks hit the first mid-range jumper to put Iowa Lakes up 18-5.
Iowa Lakes didn't hit a 3-pointer until the 6-minute mark when returning guard Kevin Larson hit one from the right corner. Kelly Madison followed with another as the Lakers led 33-12.
After taking a 35-15 lead, Dordt came back with a layup and two 3-pointers for a quick 8-0 run.
"When we get tired, we don't guard as hard," said Larson. "But we're a young team."
After a timeout by Larson, the Lakers responded with an 8-0 run of their own as Madison hit two treys and Mark Miedema a layup.
The Lakers went into the locker room up 46-29.
Dordt got as close as 14 points early in the second half, but the Lakers gradually pushed the lead back out to 20 and held it there for most of the night.
Parks led the Lakers with 18 points while Madison had 15, Miedema had 14 and Ben Shellim and Darrien Pittman each had 10.
The Lakers had 17 assists with Pittman, Parks, Tate Harmon and Madison each with three.
The Lakers finished with 10 steals led by Larson with four and Pittman with three.
Josh Schaben finished with eight points and four blocked shots.
Iowa Lakes (1-0) hosts the Northwestern Junior Varsity at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.