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Spartan men fall at Iowa Central

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 1:34 a.m. CST

FORT DODGE — Southwestern head men’s basketball coach Mike Holmes thought his team matched up well with Iowa Central heading into their game here on Wednesday, but said the Spartans just didn’t play well enough to win in a 63-37 loss.

“We just flat out didn’t play,” Holmes said. “Going over our film today, our cuts weren’t real sharp. Moving the ball, just not as quickly as we need to. Our dribbles weren’t urgent. It just looked like we were mentally and physically fatigued from the beginning and couldn’t work our way through that. We don’t have that margin for error.”

The Spartans went scoreless for a stretch of the first half that lasted nearly eight minutes, as Iowa Central built a 25-8 lead.

But, Southwestern was able to cut the lead to 10 going into the half at 30-20.

The Spartans briefly cut the lead to seven points on a pair of buckets from Mataika Koyamainavure and a free throw from Jared Theis, but that was as close as the Spartans would get.

Southwestern managed just 17 points in the second half on 7-of-25 shooting from the floor.

“To their credit, I thought they played a little better than I had seen them,” Holmes said. “They just flat out got us. We did nothing to really help us on either side of the floor. Our transition defense wasn’t very good. We didn’t want to win bad enough and it kind of snuck up on us and got us.”

Elliott Hamdeed led the Spartans with 16 points. Koyamainavure added nine points.

Southwestern remained without starting guard Matt Orchard, who Holmes said will not return to the team this year.

“We’re going to have to alter our rotation a little bit and have some guys step up,” he said. “The guys we have, they can get it done. Just people have to step up. We’re losing a good 3-point shooter and a good defender. We’re going to have to fill that gap somehow.”

The Spartans fall to 7-10 overall for the season and 1-3 in ICCAC Division II play. The Tritons improved to 12-8 and 2-2.

Southwestern returns to action 3 p.m. here Saturday against NIACC (14-5, 2-2), a team which is receiving votes nationally.

IOWA CENTRAL (63) — Winston Yergler 5 1-1 13, Jesse Jones 1 1-6 3, Ky Kramer 1 0-0 3, Javonte Young 4 3-4 12, Dylan Travis 5 1-2 12, Jasmin Biberovikj 2 2-2 6, Malik Brooks 4 4-4 14. Totals — 22 12-19 63. FG shooting — 22-41 (53.6 percent). 3-point goals — 7 (Yergler 2, Kramer 1, Young 1, Travis 1, Brooks 2). Team fouls — 14. Fouled out  — none.

SOUTHWESTERN (36) —Elliott Hamdeed 6 1-2 16, Mataika Koyamainavure 4 1-4 9, Nick Lenhard 1 0-0 2, Jared Theis 0 2-2 2, Dylan Tucker 0 1-4 1, Tanner Kellogg 1 0-1 3, Nikola Drobnjak 1 0-0 3, Dusty Lyden 1 0-0 2. Totals — 14 4-13 37. FG shooting — 14-49 (28.5 percent). 3-point goals — 5 (Hamdeed 3, Kellogg 1, Drobnjak 1). Team fouls — 14. Fouled out  — none.

ICCC — 30 63

SWCC — 20 37

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