CEDAR RAPIDS - For the first time in 12 years, the Iowa Lakes men's basketball team defeated Kirkwood 67-64 in overtime on Saturday.
The Lakers needed overtime to complete the feat as they trailed 32-26 and the two teams were tied at 55 at the end of regulation.
The Lakers used a solid defensive effort and great bench play to win the game.
"it was a good college game and both teams played hard," said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. "I don't know if the level of play was outstanding, but it was very competitive and a lot of fun to be a part of."
Josh Schaben led the Lakers with 14 points and nine rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for Iowa Lakes were Colton Neff with 12, and Diamontae McKinley with 11.
"Josh played his tail and asked for the ball," said Larson of the Lakers' 6-foot-6 center.
Meanwhile, McKinley came off the bench in the second half and played all of the overtime period.
"He hit a three in regulation to put us up by two and then, when we were up by one in overtime, he made two free throws," Larson said. "Colton also did a great job in the second half with help-side defense and playing tough and smart on offense."
Ben Shellim and Deondra Parks each chipped in nine points while Kelly Madison had eight. Kevin Larson and Mark Miedema each had two points.
Shellim and McKinley each finished with four assists. McKinley and Neff each had two steals.
Devan Douglas led Kirkwood with 15 points and JC Fuller had 11.
Iowa Lakes (7-4 overall, 2-1 in region play) hosts 10th-ranked Des Moines Area Community College on Saturday, Jan. 5. Game time is 3 p.m.