Tritons upset Lakers

Tritons upset Lakers

JAN 19, 2019

BY: DANA BECKER, The Messenger Sports Reporter



Dennis Pilcher cracked a smile after his Iowa Central men scored a 98-96 victory vs. No. 16 Iowa Lakes here Saturday inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

"That was a defensive struggle," Pilcher joked. "It wasn't that fast of a pace, just kind of both teams coming up, working for good shots and making them.

"We both made a bunch of three-pointers in the first half and we had our best game of the year at the free-throw line."

Kemryn Jenkins scored a team-high 27 points with nine rebounds, Dallas Bailey added 24 and seven, and Kendrick Foster came off the bench to score a career-high 17 on 6 of 6 shooting to lead the Tritons (9-11 overall, 2-3 in ICCAC).

For the Lakers (13-5, 4-1), former Fort Dodge Senior High standout Solomon Clayton had a game-high 28 points with nine rebounds and three steals, with his brother, Malcolm Clayton, adding 14, six and two.

The game featured nine lead changes and the score was tied six different times. Iowa Central was plus-18 from the free throw line and knocked down two more 3-pointers.

"At times, we played pretty well on defense," Pilcher said. "Our smurfs out-rebounded them, which was impressive. Jenkins had his best all-around game of the year and Foster really stepped up big for us."

Foster, a freshman, earned extra playing time thanks to his effort this past Wednesday night in a loss at Little Priest Tribal. He tallied 15 of his 17 points over the final 20 minutes.

"Kendrick is a good, athletic kid who plays tough defense," Pilcher said. "I told him Wednesday to not shoot the three, defend and take care of the basketball. He did those three things, so we rewarded him with more time (Saturday)."

The Tritons went up by 11 in the second half following a Jenkins triple, and led 91-82 late in the game. Solomon Clayton had his third three-point play of the half to make it a seven-point deficit, but a Foster dunk sealed the win moments later.

Kane Kramer knocked down three 3-pointers and had 13 points with four rebounds, while Royshawn Webb added 11 points, seven boards and five assists for Iowa Central.

The Tritons are off until next Saturday when they host DMACC for Jam-the-Gym. Iowa Lakes welcomes fourth-ranked Kirkwood on Wednesday night.


Iowa Central — Kane Kramer 3-8 4-4 13, Royshawn Webb 4-9 3-3 11, Dallas Bailey 7-11 5-6 24, Kemryn Jenkins 6-14 11-12 27, Jaden Kephart 3-5 0-2 6, Kendrick Foster 6-6 5-6 17, Bryce Armstrong 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Jarvis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 29-53 28-33 98.

Iowa Lakes — Malcolm Clayton 5-10 3-4 14, Boston Grimes 5-9 0-1 12, Kevin Jennings 6-17 1-2 17, Alan Kikwaki 0-0 0-0 0, Solomon Clayton 11-20 6-9 28, Lamontae Lewis 2-5 0-0 5, Xavier Dixon 2-4 0-0 5, Trevor Friesner 1-1 0-0 3, Brendun Robinson 2-4 0-1 4, Jacob Rau 4-6 0-0 8. Totals: 38-76 10-17 96.

Halftime score: Iowa Central led 50-48. Three-point goals: Iowa Central 12-27 (Kramer 3, Bailey 5, Jenkins 4), Iowa Lakes 10-27 (M. Clayton 1, Grimes 2, Jennings 4, Lewis 1, Dixon 1, Friesner 1). Rebounds: Iowa Central 37, Iowa Lakes 32. Assists: Iowa Central 13, Iowa Lakes 10. Steals: Iowa Central 6, Iowa Lakes 11. Blocked shots: Iowa Lakes 3. Turnovers: Iowa Central 16, Iowa Lakes 13. Fouls: Iowa Central 15, Iowa Lakes 21. Fouled out: Friesner.