CRESTON - In the first meeting between Iowa Lakes and Southwestern, the Spartans were ranked first in the nation and undefeated.
The Lakers were just a point or two away from toppling the Spartans on that day, Jan. 28, when Southwestern tied the game in regulation and then won 96-95 in overtime.
While Iowa Lakes was looking to get a measure of revenge this past Saturday, the Lakers didn't play as well on Southwestern's floor. The second-ranked Spartans won with relative ease compared to the first meeting on the high side of a 86-68 score.
Joe Binyoti led Iowa Lakes with 17 points, Streeter McIlravy had 12, and Kyle Beisch and Mitch Keller had 10.
Southwestern was led by Lavon Hightower with 19 points.
Iowa Lakes (19-8 overall, 6-4 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference) wraps up the regular season with two home contests this week.
The Lakers will return to action at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday versus DMACC. Iowa Lakes defeated the Bears 74-58 in Boone on Feb. 1.
The Lakers have a lock on third-place in ICCAC Division II behind Southwestern and Kirkwood. Iowa Lakes ends the regular season at home against Kirkwood on Saturday.
Beisch and Lakers
light up Tritons
The Iowa Lakes men came out firing from the tip off against a struggling Iowa Central team on Wednesday.
The Lakers shot 59 percent (20-of-34) in the first half including 47 percent (7-of-15) from 3-point range in a building a 51-30 lead. While the Lakers cooled down a bit in the second half, they maintained a 20-point advantage throughout on the way to a 91-65 victory.
Kyle Beisch had the hot hand from long range as he finished with 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting, but that included 7-of-12 from 3-point range. He also had six rebounds and six assists.
Streeter McIlravy, Mitch Keller and Jaylon Tapplar all shot very well from the field in reaching double digits. McIlravy finished with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting; Keller had 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Tapplar had 12 points an 6-of-8 shooting.
Keller completed a double-double with 12 rebounds. He also had four assists and two blocked shots. Tapplar pulled down nine rebounds.
Dennis Joiner came off the bench and had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lakers had a 51-19 advantage on the boards over the Tritons, who fell to 9-19 overall and 1-8 in the conference.
Also for Iowa Lakes, Tywon Bressler contributed seven assists and five points and Joe Binyoti had four points and five assists.
Tray Croft led Iowa Central with 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists. The Tritons shot 41 percent (27-of-66) from the field.