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Slow start is no help to Lakers against Div. I foe

Parks scores 44 in Iowa Lakes loss

November 29, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

Iowa Lakes faced arguably its toughest opponent of the season when Indian Hills came to Estherville on Tuesday.

The Warriors, ranked second at the NJCAA Division I level, entered the contest averaging 111 points per game.

Indians Hills jumped out to a 9-0 lead and ended up with a 107-85 victory.

"Every mistake you make, they capitalize on," said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. "You have to stay strong, stay focused and stay competitive."

Iowa Lakes struggled early on and trailed 28-9 with 13:19 remaining to go in the first half. The Lakers, who have shot free throws well this season, struggled at the foul line in the first half which simply compounded matters.

"I think we played a little scared the first 10 minutes," said Larson. "The last 30 minutes, we acted like we belonged on the floor with them at least.

"It's a good sign that we fought to the end," he added, saying that's what all his Laker squads should do.

The Lakers had some chances to close the gap from that 13-minute mark, but that's when many of the missed free throws came in. Many of the Laker shots also seemed to roll around the rim and out.

The Indian Hills lineup features 7-footer Akolda Manyang along with 6-10 Majok Deng and 6-9 Malik Dime. But the Warrior guards were just as formidable.

Iowa Lakes did cut the lead to 14 at 38-24 with a baseline move by Latrell Love around Indian Hills' 7-footer. But the visitors promptly responded with a 7-0 run to push the lead back to 20 points.

Similar to Saturday's game against Minnesota West, the Lakers had the last shot of the half and Deondre Parks nailed a 3-pointer, but the hosts still trailed 53-32.

The Lakers came out of the halftime break with more fire. Love scored the first seven points for the whole team, converting a three-point play that made the score 55-39.

Indian Hills' Roderick Bobbitt promptly hit a 3-pointer. Parks then responded with a 3-point play and a 3-pointer to get Iowa Lakes within 13 and 58-45. But the hosts would get no closer.

After Tate Harmon hit a 3-pointer that made the score 83-63, the Warriors Roosevelt Scott hit consecutive treys to spark a 13-0 run that gave the visitors their biggest lead of the night at 96-63.

Parks answered with two 3-pointer of his own to help Iowa Lakes to an 8-0 run, but the Lakers couldn't get the lead back under 20.

Parks finished with a game-high 44 points including 13-of-17 from the free throw line. But the Lakers were 22-of-42 from the foul line on the night while the visitors were 30-of-42. Love finished with 22 points while Diamontae McKinley had seven, Emanuel Golong had four, Harmon and Bill Makris each had three and Colton Neff had two.

Indian Hills had five players in double digits led by Scott with 19, Manyang with 18, Quevyn Winter and Marcus Posley with 14 each and Bobbitt with 12 points.

Iowa Lakes (5-3 overall) is home against the Buena Vista Junior Varsity at 7:30 on Monday and then home again against ABCD International at 3 p.m., next Saturday.



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