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Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Bluejay Orie Brown (23) drives to the basket for a shot with the Lakers' Ben Shellim defending during Wednesday night's basketball game in Worthington.

MENS BASKETBALL: Minnesota West men fall to Iowa Lakes

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WORTHINGTON -- For about a 9 minute stretch of the second half, the Minnesota West men's basketball team couldn't buy a field goal.

Iowa Lakes preserved a 99-86 victory against MW on Tuesday at Worthington High School by using a 28-12 second-half run, which came after the Bluejays held a 64-61 lead with 13½ minutes remaining.

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"We had some easy shot attempts that led to easy transition hoops for (Iowa Lakes)," Minnesota West coach Justin Heckenlaible said. "Unfortunately, that was the difference. Against a good team like (the Lakers), we needed to capitalize on our opportunities."

Despite a game-high 32 points from Tyler Aquallo and 23 more from Orie Brown, the Bluejays dropped to 5-3 overall.

Deondre Parks, who was one of five Lakers to score in double figures, produced all 19 of his points in the second half. He sparked Iowa Lakes' comeback with 11 markers as the Bluejays' offense went cold.

"We just got into transition and had some players make some good decisions," Lakers coach Troy Larson said. "I think that allowed up to take a lead and, then, stretch it."

Aquallo's layup with 13:33 left handed Minnesota West a 64-61 edge. Iowa Lakes scored the next 15 points as Parks connected with a putback, hit a left-side 3-pointer and added transition layup during the explosion.

Luke Roddy, who had 15 points for the Bluejays, temporarily slowed the Lakers' momentum with 9:11 left, when he drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Less than a minute later, Aquallo added a pair of free throws, but Minnesota West still trailed 76-69.

As Iowa Lakes made another surge -- this time a 12-2 run -- over the next 4 minutes, Kelly Madison capped the eruption with a two-handed dunk. During that span, the Bluejays' only offense came at the foul line, where Aquallo and Roddy made two free throws apiece.

The Lakers' scoring spree officially ended when Brown knocked down a left-wing 3-pointer with 4:18 left.

"It came down to making some shots and we had to do some trapping that (Iowa Lakes) did a nice job of avoiding," Heckenlaible said.

Madison finished with 19 points, while Colton Neff made 10 of 12 field goals to lead Iowa Lakes with 22 points and nine rebounds. Ben Shellim, who added 21 points, hit 4 of 7 shots from 3-point land. Josh Schaben contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.

Brown was Minnesota West's top rebounder with six. The Bluejays lost the battle of boards 44-41.

Aquallo (11 of 11) and Brown (9 of 10) combined to make 20 free throws. Minnesota West held a 24-13 edge at the foul line.

The Lakers shot 52 percent (39 of 75) while holding the Bluejays to 39 percent (27 of 69).

Daily Globe Sports Editor Jeff Arenz may be reached at 376-7328.

IOWA LAKES 99, MINNESOTA WEST 86

IOWA LAKES (6-3): Harmon 1-2 0-0 3, Larson 0-2 0-0 0, Shellim 7-13 3-3 21, Parks 8-15 1-2 19, McKinley 1-2 0-0 2, Neff 10-12 2-5 22, Madison 7-19 4-5 19, Miedema 1-1 0-0 2, Schaben 4-9 3-7 11. Totals: 39-75 (52%) 13-22 (59%) 99.

MINNESOTA WEST (5-3): Roddy 5-10 2-2 15, Langdeau 0-1 0-0 0, Nissen 0-0 0-0 0, Green 0-3 0-2 0, Seitzinger 0-1 2-2 2, Olson 2-5 0-0 4, Brown 6-19 9-10 23, Aquallo 9-13 11-11 32, Hopkins 4-7 0-0 8, Lupton 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 0-4 0-0 0. Totals: 27-69 (39%) 24-27 (89%) 86.

Halftime: Iowa Lakes 45, Minnesota West 44. 3-Point Goals: Iowa Lakes 8-21 (Shellim 4-7, Parks 2-4, Harmon 1-1, Madison 1-9); Minnesota West 8-27 (Aquallo 3-6, Roddy 3-7, Brown 2-7, Langdeau 0-1, Green 0-1, Seitzinger 0-1, Ourada 0-1, Harris 0-3). Redbounds: Iowa Lakes 44 (Team 10, Neff 9, Schaben 7, Parks 7); Minnesota West (Team 11, Brown 6). Total Fouls (Fouled Out): Iowa Lakes 21 (none); Minnesota West 20 (Harris). Technical Fouls: None. Steals: Iowa Lakes 4 (Parks, McKinley, Neff, Madison); Minnesota West 8 (Roddy 2, Green 2, Ourada 2, Brown 2). Assists: Iowa Lakes 15 (Larson 4, Madison 4); Minnesota West 13 (Roddy 8). Blocked Shots: Iowa Lakes 4 (Schaben 2, Miedema 2); Minnesota West 0. Turnovers: Iowa Lakes 14; Minnesota West 15.

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