Spartans fade late in loss to Iowa Lakes

ESTHERVILLE — The Southwestern men competed hard for 30 minutes here on Saturday before dropping a 66-41 contest to 17th-ranked Iowa Lakes Community College.

The loss dropped the Spartans to 8-21 overall and 1-13 in the ICCAC Division II standings. Southwestern is the seven-seed in the Region XI Tournament and makes a return trip to Estherville to face second-seeded Iowa Lakes again today in the first round.

Iowa Lakes finished the regular season with a mark of 21-8 overall and 10-4 in the ICCAC.

“We hung in there about 30 minutes worth and had a real big series,” Southwestern head coach Mike Holmes said. “We tried to take a charge down six at a key moment. We got the call. Then it got overturned.

“It went from our ball down six to the bucket went in, make the free throw and we’re down nine. At the pace we’re playing, that’s significant.”

Southwestern was not able to recover from the unfortunate turn of events, and received little help from 24 percent shooting in the second half, combined with seven made 3-pointers by Iowa Lakes in the second half.

“We got a little careless with the ball,” Holmes said. “For all the good defense we played, they had a couple of runouts on turnovers. It again represented that we’re making progress at the end of the year here. But, still not good enough.”

Elliott Hamdeed led the Spartans with 12 points and three assists in the game. Mataika Koyamainavure added eight points and 10 rebounds. Tanner Kellogg pitched in eight points.

Diamonte McKinley led Iowa Lakes with 15 points.

Holmes said that before leaving Estherville, his team already knew it would be making the return trip and began looking ahead at what it can improve upon to compete for 40 minutes today.

“Now we’re looking at how to approach things and how to give us the best chance to win,” he said.

“We cannot give them any transition baskets off turnovers. None. You can’t throw the ball away,” Holmes said. “Defensively, they’ve got a lot of weapons and it’s tough to stop them. One mistake we made is that we’ve got to make the right decision on who’s helping on penetration. We have to do that from the weak side.”

The winner of today’s game plays in the Region XI semifinals on Thursday against the winner of third-seeded Kirkwood vs. sixth-seeded NIACC. The highest seeded team will host the semifinal game.

IOWA LAKES (66) — Diamonte McKinley 5 0-0 15, Deondre Parks 4 1-3 12, Latrell Love 4 3-6 12, Colton Neff 3 0-0 6, Tate Harmon 2 0-0 6, Emmanuel Golong 3 0-0 6, Brandon Boggs 2 0-0 4, Justin Sloter 1 0-0 3, Jake Janssen 0 2-2 2. Totals — 24 6-11 66. FG shooting — 24-54 (44.4 percent). 3-point goals — 12 (McKinley 5, Parks 3, Harmon 2, Sloter 1, Love 1). Rebounds — 37.  Assists — 18. Steals — 6. Turnovers — 7. Team fouls — 11. Fouled out  — none.

SOUTHWESTERN (41) — Elliott Hamdeed 4 2-2 12, Mataika Koyamainavure 3 2-2 8, Tanner Kellogg 2 3-4 8, Nick Lenhard 2 0-0 6, Jared Theis 2 0-0 5, Dylan Tucker 1 0-2 2. Totals — 14 7-10 41. FG shooting — 14-47 (29.8 percent). 3-point goals — 6 (Lenhard 2, Hamdeed 2, Theis 1, Kellogg 1). Rebounds — 24 (Koyamainavure 10, Kellogg 3, Theis 3, Hamdeed 3, Lenhard 2).  Assists — 9 (Hamdeed 3, Lenhard 3). Steals — 1 (Hamdeed 1). Turnovers — 6. Team fouls — 10. Fouled out  — none.

ILCC — 28 66

SWCC — 21 41