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Ranked Lakers nip Spartans, 55-54

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 11:36 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 11:39 a.m. CDT

ESTHERVILLE — After losing 51-43 at Southwestern on Dec. 11, the Iowa Lakes men’s basketball team went on a 10-game winning streak to post a 16-4 record and No. 9 national ranking in Division II junior college basketball.

On the Lakers’ home court Saturday, Southwestern nearly duplicated the feat before falling, 55-54. Iowa Lakes remains in first place in the ICCAC Division II standings at 8-1, and 17-4 overall.

Southwestern is tied for fourth in the league with Iowa Central at 4-4, and falls to 10-11 overall.

The Spartans held a 24-19 halftime lead and continued to play well into the second half. Coach Mike Holmes felt the turning point came at the two-minute mark.

“We were tied and had the ball,” Holmes said. “We turned it over and they got a runout to lay it up. We came back down and tied it back up. Then they hit a three with about a minute to go. We answered with two free throws by (Patrick) Wright.”

Down one with 42 seconds left, Southwestern elected to defend the Lakers’ possession and get the ball back, rather than foul immediately.

“They missed, but we failed to get the rebound and had to foul,” Holmes said. “They missed at the line, but again we failed to get the rebound and the ball rolled out as time ran out.”

Deondra Parks had a game-high 23 points for Iowa Lakes, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Marquealis Edwards answered with 20 points, three assists and three steals for Southwestern.

Devin Kastrup provided 10 points for the Spartans and Jack Harrison had nine on 3-3 shooting from behind the arc. For the game, Southwestern was 8-14 on 3-pointers.

“We played pretty well throughout the game,” Holmes said. “We shot the ball OK, took decent care of the ball. They just made one more play than we did.”

The Spartans return home this week to take on Grand View JV on Thursday and Clinton Community College Saturday at 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

“We had single-digit wins the first time we played both of them,” Holmes said. “It really doesn’t matter who we play, it seems like it’s even going into the last three minutes and it comes down to who can execute.”

IOWA LAKES (55) — Deondra Parks 9 2-2 23, Kelly Madison 3 1-2 8, Josh Schaben 3 1-2 7, Mark Miedema 2 2-2 6, Ben Shelim 2 0-0 5, Kevin Larson 1 1-3 4, Tate Harmon 1 0-0 2. Totals — 21 7-13 55. FG shooting — 21-38 (55.3 percent). 3-point goals — 6-11 (Parks 3, Madison 1, Shelim 1, Larson 1). Rebounds — 20 (Parks 4).  Assists — 8 (Madison 4). Steals — 4 (Parks 2, Larson 2). Blocked shots — 2. Turnovers — 14. Team fouls — 14. Fouled out  — Parks.

SOUTHWESTERN (54) — Marquealis Edwards 7 5-6 20, Devin Kastrup 4 1-2 10, Jack Harrison 3 0-0 9, Patrick Wright 3 0-0 6, Marcus Littleton 2 0-0 6, Jared Theis 1 0-0 3. Totals — 20 6-8 54. FG shooting — 20-40 (50 percent). 3-point goals — 8-14 (Harrison 3, Littleton 2, Kastrup 1, Edwards 1, Theis 1). Rebounds — 13 (Wright 4).  Assists — 7 (Edwards 3). Steals — 6 (Edwards 3, Halcomb 2). Turnovers — 13. Team fouls — 17. Fouled out  — None.

ILCC — 19 55

SWCC — 24 54

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