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Lakers hold off Alumni in annual exhibition game

Ards leads Lakers with 22 points

October 28, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Iowa Lakes Men's Basketball fans got their first look at the 2018-19 squad in the annual exhibition game against Laker Alumni and Friends on Saturday.

While this year's Lakers led by as many as 20 in second half, the Alumni rallied to make the game interesting in the final 5 minutes. However, the Lakers prevailed for an 87-78 victory.

The first half scoring favored the Alumni squad, which featured eight players. The Lakers pushed their lead to as many as nine at 25-16 when the Alumni's Diamontae McKinley (2012-14 Laker) began hitting from long range.

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The Laker lead was just one, 31-30, as time ran out in the half. The Lakers had 1.6 seconds to get a shot off on an in-bounds play and Boston Grimes delivered a long-range shot that banked in from a few feet outside 3-point range at the buzzer for a 34-30 advantage.

Blake Wilder (2014-16) opened the second half with a layup to cut the deficit to two.

That's when the Lakers went on a 10-0 run that included a pair of baskets by Equan Ards sandwiched by 3-pointers by Malcolm Clayton and Grimes for a 44-32 lead.

With 10 minutes remaining in the game, Iowa Lakes had nearly doubled its scoring from the first half and held a 67-47 advantage after a a free throw from Trevor Friesner.

The Alumni responded with Terrell Newton (2011-12) hit a pair of 3-pointers. His third 3-pointer of the half came with just over 6 minutes remaining and cut the deficit to 73-63.

The Alumni kept chipping away and trailed by five, 83-78, in the final minute.

However a putback by Solomon Clayton and a basket from Malcom Clayton sealed the Laker victory.

Ards led the Lakers with 22 points while Solomon Clayton had 20, Grimes had 14, Malcom Clayton had 10, Lamontae Lewis had seven, Brandun Robinson had six, Alan Kikwaki had four, Friesner had three, Jacob Rau had two and Kevin Jennings had one.

Wilder led the Alumni with 21 points, Newton had 20, McKinley had 16. Other Alumni playing included Kevin Larson (2011-13), Landon Harmon (2014-16). Also playing were Jalen Hall and Thaddeus Perry.



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