Iowa Lakes finally stepped up its play when 13th-ranked Kirkwood came to town on Saturday.
After suffering a 20-point loss to North Iowa Area Community College earlier in the week, the Lakers buckled down in the second half against the Eagles on Saturday and turned a six-point half-time deficit into a 71-61 victory.
"Since we got back from break, we haven't been willing to grind it out," said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. "In the second half, we played the way were capable on offense and defense. On offense, all the guys touched the ball and that makes it difficult for the other team when they have to guard for the full 35 seconds. On the defensive end, we guarded the right way."
Iowa Lakes’ Diamontae McKinley drives to the basket for two points against 13th-ranked Kirkwood last Saturday.
Photo by David Swartz
After taking the lead in the closing minutes of the game, the Lakers' Deondre Parks hit a couple of 3-pointers to give the hosts some separation from Kirkwood.
The Lakers stepped and made free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
Parks finished with a game-high 27 points, shooting 9-of-13 from the field including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. He also was 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
Latrell Love had just two points in the first half, but finished with 14 points including 8-of-10 from the free throw line.
Diamontae McKinley hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the game help the Lakers get on the scoreboard and finished with 12 points. He also finished with four steals.
Tate Harmon and Emmanuel Golong each finished with five points while Bill Makris had four and Colton Neff and Justin Sloter each had two.
Joesph Tagarelli led Kirkwood with 18 points.
Lakers crush ABCD Prep
The Iowa Lakes men had little trouble against ABCD Prep in a non-conference home game on Wednesday.
The Lakers led just 34-26 at halftime, but opened up in the second half on the way to an 89-59 victory.
Bill Makris came off the bench, making 9-of-10 from the field, to lead the Lakers with 18 points.
Colton Neff was 6-of-7 from the field and finished with 14 points. Brandon Boggs also came off the bench to score 12 points and Deondre Parks had 10.
Every Laker scored with Justin Sloter recording six points, Jake Janssen, Nathan So and Tate Harmon each had five, Latrell Love, Emmanuel Golong and Parker Bailey each had four and Diamontae McKinley had two.
Makris also finished with a team-high nine rebounds. Boggs had four assists.
Iowa Lakes (11-5 overall 3-1 in conference play) hosts No. 16 DMACC (16-3, 3-1) today at 3 p.m.