Poor shooting plagues Tigers in loss to Lakers
The Tigers had plenty of open looks. The shots just didn’t fall.
And for the second consecutive time in front of its home fans, the Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team lost a close game, this time falling to Iowa Lakes, 74-73, during non-conference action at the Student Activity Center.
The Tigers connected on just 19 of their 51 shots from the floor, while Iowa Lakes put in their buckets at a near 58 percent clip and won by a single point despite turning the ball over 23 times. The Lakers (8-4) also out-rebounded Marshalltown 33-24.
“It comes down again to getting out-rebounded, and it’s hard to win a game when you shoot 37 percent,” Marshalltown CC coach Brynjar Brynjarrson said. “The bottom line is – and it’s been our Achilles heel all year – we just aren’t making open shots. We are getting open shots. We are not putting them in the basket, and until we change that and make plays when we are wide open, the games will go down to the wire.”
The Tigers trailed for much of the final 10 minutes, but Troidell Carter’s bucket with 1:43 to go gave the home team a one-point lead. Raheim Holloway went 0-for-2 from the line on the Tigers’ next possession but gave MCC another lead at 73-72 with 18 seconds to go after he drove to the hoop for the layup.
The Lakers responded with ease though after Latrell Love converted a basket in the lane with less than 10 seconds to go.
Mike Rodriguez’s drive to the hoop was unsuccessful and his final attempt from 3 hit off the rim at the buzzer. The Tigers’ final heave came off an inbounds play with 1.2 seconds to go.
“It was tough for us there at the end, we drove in hard and there was no call,” said Brynjarrson. “I told Mike that that was exactly what we wanted him to do. We wanted to attack and the foul wasn’t called. We move on, but at the same time, the way the game was called, I definitely thought there was potential for a call there.”
The game was called tight for much of the afternoon. Carter battled foul trouble in both halves and two of the four calls he was whistled for came on minimal contact inside the lane against Love.
He picked up his third foul at the 15:47 mark of the second half, was re-inserted into the lineup with 12:46 to play and then was whistled for his fourth just 22 seconds later.
“We need to make the adjustment and get our hands off so that is on us, but in the first half that was not being called,” Brynjarrson said.
Only two Lakers scored in double-figures, but Deondre Parks put in 25 of his game-high 33 points in the final 20 minutes.
Parks was 11-of-14 from the floor and 9-of-12 from the line, while Love added 23 points – 17 in the first half – and a game-high 10 boards. Love was 10-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. No other Laker scored more than five points.
“(Parks) is a really competitive kid, he has that desire to win and there have been a few games where he has made a lot of plays late in the game,” Larson said. “Those two guys have been carrying us lately. My hope is that some of our younger kids will come around the second semester to give us some more balance.”
Marshalltown trailed by as many as 11 in the first half but used a stout, aggressive defense to force Iowa Lakes into some mistakes.
The Lakers turned it over 14 times before halftime and the Tigers took advantage by ending the frame on a 15-2 run to lead by two at the break.
But ultimately – like it does so often – the game came down to made buckets, which leaned heavily in favor of the Lakers. Iowa Lakes came into the game shooting 51 percent from the field.
“We have guys who can make shots, but the 23 turnovers just kills you and makes it a close game,” Larson said. “We have to do a better job too of taking care of the ball.”
Rodriguez led the Tigers with 25 points off the bench. It was just his second game back from a three-game suspension and Brynjarrson feels like his freshman guard is turning the corner on what has been an up and down season so far.
“That is what we really expected from him from the get go,” said Brynjarrson. “There has been some things he has had to mature about and really kind of understand who he is and what his role is on the team. He had a heck of game today.”
Holloway finished with 12 points, four assists and four steals, while Jamal Gatali added 11 points, six rebounds and four steals.
Carter finished with nine points in just 13 minutes.
After playing three games in five days, the Tigers will not play again until Jan. 8 when they travel to Kirkwood Community College. … The Tigers also lost 74-73 to Ellsworth Community College on Wednesday. … Parks, who signed with South Dakota State earlier this year, was 8-of-10 from the floor and 8-of-11 from the line in the second half. … Rodriguez ended up 5-of-8 from 3-point range. The Tigers connected on seven triples in the game. … There were four ties and 14 lead changes in the game. … Brynjarrson said Rodriguez’s suspension was for conduct detrimental to the team.