Iowa Lakes watched a 14-point lead evaporate to just two, but the Lakers made the plays they needed to down the stretch to defeat Iowa Central 98-90 on Saturday.
Iowa Central's Malik Brooks' 3-pointer had the visitors within two at 79-77 with a few minutes remaining in the game.
But Laker sophomore Deondre Parks wouldn't let the Lakers lose. Parks responded with a drive to the basket and then on the following possession hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to 84-77.
After another basket by the Tritons, Emmanuel Golong added another trey to push the lead to eight. Brooks hit another 3-pointer to keep the deficit at five, 87-82, but Golong then converted a three-point play.
The Lakers made their free throws in the final 41 seconds.
Iowa Lakes started well with Colton Neff scoring six of his team-s first eight points for an 8-5 Laker lead.
The Lakers then went on an 18-8 run over the next few minutes with Latrell Love scoring 10 of his game-high 29 points during that stretch which also included 3-pointers by Golong and Parks.
The Lakers maintained a double-digit lead most of the rest of the half, helped by 3-pointers from Parker Bailey and Golong in the final minute to lead 49-35 at the break.
Iowa Central wouldn't go away in the second half, but every time the visitors cut the lead to single digits, the Lakers responded.
Love finished with 10 rebounds and four blocked shots to go along with his 29 points. Parks finished with 22 points while Golong had 16 and Neff had 10. Also, Justin Sloter had six points, Delaminate McKinley and Brandon Boggs each had four, Bailey had three and Tate Harmon and Bill Makris each had two.
McKinley dished out seven of his team's 19 assists.
Jesse Jones led Iowa Central with 24 points while Brooks and Winston Yergler each had 14.