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Spartan season ends in regional defeat

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 11:51 p.m. CDT

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ESTHERVILLE — Trailing just 17-15 at halftime, the Southwestern men were in a position to contend with 17th-ranked Iowa Lakes in the Region XI Division II quarterfinals Tuesday night.

But in the end, a team down to an eight-player rotation couldn’t shoot well enough to hang with the Lakers in a 52-36 loss. A series of consecutive illegal screen violations also opened the door for Iowa Lakes to open a margin in outscoring the Spartans 35-21 during the second half.

“In the first half we were in what I would call an ultra delay,” coach Mike Holmes said. “We knew we couldn’t go very deep in our rotation, and it’s just how we felt we had a chance to get them on their home court. The guys executed it very well.”

Midway through the second half it was still a four-point game, until a critical sequence for the Spartans.

“We got nailed on three illegal screens in four possessions,” Holmes said. “That took it from a four-point game to nine points right there. That (deficit) becomes tough to overcome at that pace.”

Freshman forward Tanner Kellogg of Albia paced the Spartans with 13 points. Freshman center Mataika Koyamainavure contributed nine points and a team-high nine rebounds.

The Spartans couldn’t produce the shooting necessary for pulling off the upset, going just 2-of-18 from 3-point range and 30.8 percent overall from the field.

On the bright side, Holmes returns a nucleus of five freshmen for next year, losing sophomores Jared Theis, transfer Eliott Hamdeed and Dusty Lyden of Mount Ayr. Theis was a two-year regular in the Spartan lineup.

“Jared had the knowledge of being in our system for a year, and was helpful in trying to teach the guys,” Holmes said. “Elliott did not have that year in our system, but he did have a year of college, and he did a good job of keeping the guys going forward in some tough circumstances.”

The Spartans finished at 8-22, while Iowa Lakes advances at 22-8. In other quarterfinal games, top-seeded DMACC rolled past Clinton 90-62, Iowa Central edged Ellsworth 78-074 and Kirkwood got past NIACC 75-71 in overtime.

IOWA LAKES (52) — Deondra Parks 5 5-5 15, Latrell Love 4 4-7 12, Justin Sloter 3 0-0 7, Diamontae McKinley 3 0-0 6, Jake Jenssen 0 4-4 4, Emmanuiel Golong 1 0-0 3, Tate Harmon 1 0-0 3, Colton Neff 1 0-0 2. Totals — 18 13-16 52. FG shooting — 18-55 (32.7 percent). 3-point goals — 3-18 (Harmon 1, Golong 1, Sloter 1). Rebounds — 33 (Neff 6, Parks 5, Janssen 5, Boggs 4.  Assists — 12 (McKinley 3, Harmon 3). Steals — 8 (McKinley 3). Blocked shots — 1 (Parks 1). Turnovers — 10. Team fouls — 13. Fouled out  — None.

SOUTHWESTERN (36) — Tanner Kellogg 5 3-3 13, Mataika Koyamainavure 3 2-2 9, Jared Theis 2 3-4 7, Elliott Hamdeed 1 2-2 5, Nick Lenhard 1 0-0 2. Totals — 12 10-11 36. FG shooting — 12-39 (30.8 percent). 3-point goals — 2-18 (Koyamainavure 1, Hamdeed 1). Rebounds — 25 (Koyamainavure 9, Kellogg 6, Theis 5).  Assists — 12 (Lenhard 6, Theis 3). Blocked shots — 1 (Koyamainavure 1). Turnovers — 8. Team fouls — 16. Fouled out  — Koyamainavure.

IOWA LAKES — 17 52

SWCC — 15 36

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