The ninth-ranked Iowa Lakes men had a big homestead over the past three days, winning a 20-point victory over Clinton on Saturday and then beating Division I opponent Marshalltown on Saturday.
The Lakers built a 34-18 halftime lead against the Tigers Monday and held on against the inevitable second-half rally for a 67-56 victory.
"I thought we played hard and guarded hard-especially in the first half," said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. "They're a good team and athletic and we knew they'd make a run. That's as hard as we've guarded all year in the first half."
Iowa Lakes’ Deondre Parks takes a hard foul on this drive to the basket in the second half against Marshalltown on Monday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
The Tigers (15-7 overall) got as close as six points, 48-42, at about the 9-minute mark in the second half. But the Lakers continued to make plays and a 3-pointer by Deondre Parks pushed the lead back to 12 at 55-43.
A highlight prior to that shot were two steals by Kevin Larson that led to a free throw by Tate Harmon and a layup for Larson.
"Kevin's energy has been very good the last couple games-scrapping and hustling," said Larson. "Kelly (Madison) and Deondre both had good games tonight too."
Madison had 10 of his 18 points in the first half while Parks had 13 of his game-high 20 in the second half.
The visitors twice cut the deficit to nine points in the final minute and a half, but Diamontae McKinley, Madison and Parks all stepped to line to hit free throws and preserve the victory.
Josh Schaben, Ben Shellim, Larson and Colton Neff each tossed in six points while McKinley had four and Harmon had one.
Iowa Lakes shot well from the field, making 23-of-55 for 42.8 percent, including 5-of-14 from 3-point range.
Marshalltown was 18-of-58 from the field (31 percent) including 7-of-27 (25.9 percent) from 3-point range. All seven made 3-pointers came in the second half for the Tigers.
The Lakers out-rebounded the visitors 37 33. Parks had eight rebounds and Schaben had seven.
McKinley had four assists and Madison had three.
Troidell Carter led Marshalltown with 19 points.
On Saturday, Iowa Lakes beat Clinton 76-56. The Lakers had four players in double digits led by Parks and Neff with 14 points each. Mark Miedema had 12 and McKinley had 10.
Iowa Lakes (15-4 overall, 7-1 in the conference) hosts the Briar Cliff JV at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.