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Iowa Lakes 98, Little Priest 76 The finishing touch

Lakers pull away from Warriors in second half

March 3, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

The Iowa Lakes men overcame a somewhat sluggish start against visiting Little Priest Tribal College, but pulled away in the final minutes of the first half. The Lakers came out with more energy in the second half and led by as many as 33 points on the way to a 98-75 victory.

The Warriors came back from an early 8-2 deficit to briefly take an 18-16 lead with about 12 minutes left in the first half. Iowa Lakes responded with 10-0 run over the next 3 minutes, jumpstarted by a Boston Grimes 3-pointer and capped by a Kevin Jennings layup.

While Little Priest pulled back to within five briefly, the Lakers ended on another run to lead 46-35 at the break.

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The Warriors' Leante Mitchell hit a 3-pointer to get back within eight to start the second half. However, Solomon Clayton responded with a jump shot and the Lakers kept the double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Grimes and Clayton led Iowa Lakes with 18 points apiece. Lamontae Lewis came off the bench for 14 points while Equan Ards had 13 points off the bench. Jennings finished with eight points, Malcolm Clayton had seven, Sebastian Zehnder and Alan Kikwaki each had five, Jacob Rau had four, Xavier Dixon had three, Brandun Robinson had two and Trevor Friesner had one.

Iowa Lakes shot 57.4 percent (39-of-68) from the field, including 41.4 percent (12-of-29) from 3-point range. Little Priest shot 43 percent (27-of-63) from the field including 34.5 percent (10-of-29) from 3-point range.

Iowa Lakes also had a 38-23 rebounding advantage led by Solomon Clayton and Rau with seven boards each. Malcolm Clayton had four of the team's 13 assists.

Iowa Lakes (21-9 overall, 10-4 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference) will host fifth-seeded Iowa Central for a Region XI quarterfinal at 7 p.m., Tuesday. The winner will play the winner of seventh-seeded Little Priest and second-seeded NIACC on Thursday at the home of the highest remaining seed.

Other games Tuesday include No. 8 seed Southwestern and top-seeded Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids and No. 4 seed DMACC hosting No. 5 seed Ellsworth in Boone.

The region final is Saturday at the home of the highest remaining seed.

Lakers notch

20th win

Except for a 6-5 deficit in the first minute of the game, Iowa Lakes cruised to its 20th victory with a 101-67 win over the Graceland Junior Varsity on Wednesday.

The Lakers continued to pull away throughout the game, leading 48-32 at halftime.

Kevin Jennings led six Lakers in double digits with 16 points. Malcolm Clayton finished with 15 points, Solomon Clayton and Xavier Dixon each had 14 points and Brandun Robinson and Equan Ards each had 12 points. All Lakers got in the scoring column, as Sebastian Zehnder had seven, Alan Kikwaki had four, Boston Grimes had three and Trevor Friesner and Noah Heifner each had two points. Solomon Clayton had 17 rebounds and Robinson had 11 boards.

The Lakers finished with 20 assists led by Zehnder with five. He also had three steals.

The Lakers shot 57.7 percent (46-of-80) for the game and out-rebounded Graceland 49-27.

Robert Nieves led the way for Graceland with 25 points.



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