Leading by just five points at halftime, the Iowa Lakes men upped the defensive pressure against Dakota Wesleyan Junior Varsity on Monday.
The Lakers scored two points for every one point by the visitors 2-1 in the final 20 minutes to cruise to an 83-54 victory.
"It seems like we're playing a little content or satisfied right now," said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson "We want to play with an edge."
Of course the players also know the difference between an average opponent and the superior talent.
"We'll need to have to have that edge on Saturday when Kirkwood comes to town," said Larson.
In the first half against Dakota Wesleyan, 6-8 center Josh Schaben scored 12 of his 18 points while 6-4 forward Kelly Madison had nine of his game-high 22.
"They didn't have a match for Josh inside so any time we could get him the ball in good position, he'd score it," said Larson.
Schaben was 8-for-10 from the field.
With 8 minutes left in the game, the Lakers had pushed their advantage to 20, 63-43 and kept the pressure on.
"We played a lot better in the second half and didn't allow them to drive and get where they wanted to like they did in the first half," said Larson.
The coach said Madison, Diamontae McKinley and Tate Harmon all played a good second half.
McKinley finished with 11 points while Deondre Parks had 10, Harmon had eight, Kevin Larson had six, Mark Miedema had three, Ben Shellim and Colton Neff each had two and Justin Murphy had one.
Schaben and Parks each had 10 rebounds while Madison had nine. Parks also had three assists.
Iowa Lakes shot 31-for-66 (47.0 percent) from the field including 7-for-15 (46.7 percent) from 3-point range.
The visitors were limited to 20-for-68 (29.4 percent) from the filed including 11-for-37 (29.7 percent) from 3-point range.
The Lakers did much better getting to the free-throw line where they were 14-for-21 while the visitors wee just 3-for-5.
Iowa Lakes (11-4 overall) hosts Kirkwood at 3 p.m. on Saturday.