Good free throw shooting and tougher defense helped Iowa Lakes pull away from the Dordt Junior Varsity in the first half. Some hot shooting and more of the same defense in the second half helped the Lakers cruise to a 101-70 win.
"We guarded harder than we did over the weekend," said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. "We also shared the ball better and it showed."
Dordt kept the game close midway through the first half and led 18-15 at about the midway point of the opening frame.
Iowa Lakes freshman Emmanual Golong hangs in the air before hitting a layup against the Dordt Junior Varsity defense on Wednesday.
Photo by David Swartz
But the Lakers outscored the visitors 16-3 over the next few minutes to build a 31-21 advantage. Contributions came from Latrell Love, Diamontae McKinley and Emmanuel Golong.
Dordt finally came up with two consecutive baskets, but the Lakers ended the half with a 13-4 run with Jakob Janssen, Deondre Parks, McKinley and Golong all scoring during the final stretch.
The big difference at halftime came at the free throw line where Iowa Lakes went 13-of-15 while Dordt was just 4-of-8.
In the second half, Iowa Lakes hit seven 3-pointers to help stretch the lead.
The first came from Tate Harmon that made the score 56-35 with 15:40 remaining in the game as the lead went over 20 points for the first time. When Justin Sloter hit his first trey a minute and a half later, the Lakers led 61-37.
Coach Larson began putting his reserves in the game and Parker Bailey hit three consecutive treys to push the lead to 81-50. Golong also hit a 3-pointer in the half and converted two three-point plays in the final 5 minutes.
Parks led the Lakers with 19 points-15 coming in the first half. Golong finished with 17 points, McKinley had 16, Love had 10, Bailey had nine, Sloter had eight, Neff had seven, Boggs had six, Bill Makris had four, Harmon had three and Janssen had two.
Iowa Lakes (2-2 overall) opens the conference season at home against Clinton at 3 p.m. on Saturday.