The Iowa Lakes men defeated 10th-ranked Des Moines Area Community College and made it look easy in a 79-62 win on Saturday.
The Lakers survived an 9-0 run early in the second quarter that cut the deficit to two, 46-44 and then slowly began to pull away while leading by double digits the last 10 minutes of the game.
"For the first game after break, we executed fairly well," said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. "We played hard and rebounded hard. We guarded the way we prepared to also."
Iowa Lakes’ Ben Shellim (10) scores an easy layup for two of his 26 points against 10th-ranked Des Moines Area Community College on Saturday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
Iowa Lakes jumped out to a 10-4 lead early in the game helped by a three-point play and 3-pointer from Ben Shellim. But DMACC answered with two 3-pointers and eight straight points to briefly take the lead at 12-10.
That would be their last lead of the day.
Kelly Madison hit a jumper to tie the game and Mark Miedema converted a three-point play to put the Lakers ahead for good.
DMACC was still within two though, 26-24 when Madison hit a 3-pointer with 5 minutes left in the first half. Tate Harmon then hit a trey of his own followed by another basket from Madison and a 3-pointer by Diamontae McKinley, to lead 37-28.
DMACC scored the final four points of the half including a 3-pointer by Michael Alderman at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 37-31.
Iowa lakes pushed the lead to 11, 45-34, on a basket by Deondre Parks before the visitors started their 9-0 run.
But the Lakers went back to work with Shellim scoring eight points, including two free throws for a DMACC technical, in helping the Lakers lead 46-48 with 11 minutes remaining.
Two more baskets by Madison put the advantage into double digits.
Shellim finished with a game-high 26 points while Madison had 15 and Parks had 10. McKinley had nine points off the bench, as did Harmon. Center Josh Schaben, who was in foul trouble much of the game, finished with five points while Miedema finished with four and Kevin Larson had two.
Iowa Lakes shot 52.6 percent (30-for-57) from the field including 7-for-17 from 3ppointer range.
Derek Williams' 21 points led DMACC and TJ Davis was the only other player in double digits with 10.
Madison finished with eight rebounds and two assists. McKinley had three steals.
Iowa Lakes (8-4 overall, 3-1 in the conference) hosts ABCD Prep at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.