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Lakers able to pull out pair of tight victories

February 28, 2014
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

BOONE, CLINTON - The Iowa Lakes men picked up two more wins this past week including a dramatic 80-78 overtime victory over third-ranked Des Moines Area Community College last Saturday.

The Lakers also defeated Clinton 68-65 on Wednesday.

In the overtime victory of the Bears, Deondre Parks hit the buzzer beater to beat the Bears and end their 15-game home court win streak.

Parks finished with 17 points.

Latrell Love came off the bench to score 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field. Colton Neff chipped in 15 points and Diamontae McKinley contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Tate Harmon finished with six points, Brandon Boggs and Jake Janssen each had four and Justin Sloter had three.

Derek Williams led DMACC with 21 points and Brandon Nazione had 19.

The Lakers led 40-36 at halftime with the score tied at 72-72 at the end of regulation.

Iowa Lakes made 30-of-65 shots from the field for 46.2 percent. DMACC shot just 35.2 percent (19-54), but shot 77.5 percent (31-40) from the free throw line while the Lakers didn't make as many trips and were 15-of-21 (71.4 percent).

On Wednesday, the Lakers improved to 20-8 on the season an 9-4 in the conference play with the 68-65 win over Clinton

Park, who led the Lakers with 20 points, again made a game-winning play. This time he stole an inbounds place and passed to Love cutting through the lane. That gave the Lakers a 66-65 lead with 21 seconds left. The Cougars missed their opportunity and the Cougars sent McKinley to the free throw line and he made both with 7 seconds left. The Cougars did not get off a shot as the Lakers held on for the win.

Parks was the only Laker in double digits. Sloter and Love each had nine, Boggs and Emmanuel Golong each had six, and McKinley, Janssen and Neff each had four

Onterior Brown scored 23 for Clinton. The Cougars led 63-62 late in the game, but Parks

The Lakers, ranked 17th, are home today (Saturday) against Southwestern Community College (8-20, 1-12). Tip off is 3 p.m. A win ensures the Lakers home court in the first round of the NJCAA Region XI Tournament at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 4.



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